Every summer, we hear horrible stories about dogs left in hot cars by owners who should know better and those who should really know better, like this dog sitter. This time, however, we’re genuinely stunned. A police officer left his police dog in his car — with the engine running, the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning off — for six hours. The car was parked outside the police department. Outside temperatures reached 86 degrees, according to the AP, but as you know, temps inside a car can soar to lethal levels in a very short period.
Which they did. The 10-year-old Black Lab, who was trained to detect drugs, died, and Officer Zachary Miller of the Mills Police Department in Natrona County, Wyoming, has been charged with animal cruelty.