K-9 officer suspended after dog dies in hot car

Jul 14, 2010 Full story: WJHG-TV Panama City 8

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A north Florida sheriff says the death of a K-9 dog in its handler's hot patrol car was a tragic accident.

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Senior Chief

Lake City, FL

#1 Jul 14, 2010
What a tragedy for the dog and all involved! However, I see on news4jax.com , it looks like fired police officer Rudolph Davis making comments on this story. Now one wonders what would motivate Davis to put in his two cents? Is he an animal lover, does he see the possibility of another discrimination complaint, or could it be that he is beginning to discredit the Sheriff's Department to facilitate his run for the job as Columbia County Sheriff in the future????

Callahan, FL

#2 Jul 17, 2010
It's total bullcrap that officer Davis wasnt arrested for what he did. What is he above the law just because hes a cop. Even if it was an accident people go to jail for far lesser violations that dont hurt anyone. Officer Davis should do at least a year because he killed a police officer so what is this crap. Should he at least get manslaughter. If a criminal shoots a police dog thats trying to hurt him he goes to jail for a long time. This is even worse because the killer a person whos job it was to take care of the dog. The fact that this guy plans on running for sherrif just goes to show how shitty lake shitty really is.
Senior Chief

Lake City, FL

#3 Jul 17, 2010
Davis is not the K-9 who left the dog in the car. Davis is the police officer who was fired from the Lake Police Department when he failed to support the new police chief. SOme how, he was contacted by the tv news to make comments on this issue.
Pam Stegall

Alachua, FL

#4 Sep 13, 2011
An Officer in Lake City can do as they want and ALL they get is a SLAP on the wrist.........They are ABOVE the LAW!!

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#5 Mar 20, 2012
A K9 is considered an officer of the law, and you can get charged as such if you harm one, even to the point of Battery on a LEO, so someone should be charged for this just the same, under the same law. Or are the officers above the law?

Since: Aug 12

Lake City

#6 Aug 20, 2012
I know this officer and he doesn't deserve to go to jail!! remember the news does not always report the truth!!! BTW he is a good officer so until yall know the facts I do NOT think u should be commenting! as far as LCPD officers being able to do what they want and get away with it, another STUPID statement!!!1

Since: Aug 12

Lake City

#7 Aug 21, 2012
Davis was NOT fired because he didn't support the new Chief! I didn't shed a tear over his termination that's for sure! The only person Davis looked out for was himself! He was the worst leader I ever had the displeasure of working under!

High Springs, FL

#8 Aug 24, 2012
why could we not just leave the patrol car running with ac on when you out and k9 dog is in car?

police cars sit and idle all the time. its not uncommon

lack of common sense here i think . this is florida , this is the summer

its hot and he has a fur coat on!

yes if some civilian had caused this k9 dogs death you would pay dearly

his handler should not be emempt and in my opinion should be required to repay for this department property

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