Unbelievable. When the temperature is that high, how do you 'forget' you have an animal in the car? That's the first thing that would come to my mind, not that I would ever take my dogs out in that type of heat, but this is supposed to be a working police dog,and they're supposedly so attached to their dogs?
That has got to be the sadest thing. But, then again how do people forget their babies in their cars and the temp. at boiling degrees. I don't know, but I just do not understand something like this. That poor dog and what it must have suffered.
Ugh, I know this is a local thing for me. I heard it on the news and was SHOCKED to say the least! They didn't do the story in the same mannor that they would have if it had been a regular citizen who did this and that kind of ticked me off a bit. It's to hot out here to have a dog in the car even if you are moving let along left locked in side! They say that they are "investigating" I hope something actually comes of this, not just forgotten like "yesterdays news"
So sad! :(
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)
The kicker, to me, is that in reading the news story linked in the above referenced thread, it states that while this incident occurred in Chandler, AZ, the same thing happened in Phoenix, AZ in March!
I guess I just assumed that K9 officers in general enjoy a very tight "brotherhood" of sorts which leads me to also assume that the Chandler handler was aware of what had happened in Phoenix, his first thought being "how incredibly tragic; it could never happen to me & Bandit." My heart goes out to the police officer & his family but I'm truly just really overwhelmed by this tragedy.
Yes, it may sound impossible to "forget" a dog, but it happens. It's tragic.
A sister of a friend left her baby in the back of a van when she went to work. This woman was NOT a strung-out junkie. She was a stressed-out, professional who changed her errand-and-drop-off routine that morning.
It was heartbreaking for the family. Not only did they lose an infant cousin/niece/grandaughter, but they feared they would lose the distraught mother as well.
Don't be so smug. Even the most cautious people make mistakes.
No Dog Yet, nobody here is being smug. Everyone makes mistakes, we all know that.This cop had 1 dog in the car, and a temp of 100 degrees or so.That's dangerously hot for humans, and it's just so hard to believe that you could forget you had an animal with you in the vehicle. Not saying it's impossible, just saying sad, and so hard to fathom.
I dont totaly understand it. maby im over causious or something but I cant see myself leaving anything alive in the car, other then my mom buts thats a totaly diffrent story.
when i go shoping i dont even close my door untill both girls are out of the car just in case i forget the keys in the cars. Ive even been knowen to open the back doors forgetting that we didnt bring the girls or the dogs with us.
I know things happen but its just hard to belive that you could forget something like that.
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name
i just don't understand how you can forget anything in a vechile in that kinda heat.and yes people make mistakes and it is very tragic.but that was his partner that makes it even worse.i wouldn't even leave my daughters lil turtle in that kinda heat.....god bless that dog for all the suffering it did.
gotta stand for something or we will fall for anything!!!
I realize this is very tragic for the police officer's family, but another "kicker" to me is that Bandit was locked in the patrol car for almost 13 hours (9:15 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)! In the case of babies being accidentally left in cars, as horrific as that is it is almost "understandable" in that the parents believe the child is safely at their day care provider, but a police "partner" who lives with the family - it just seems unimaginable to me.
Another tragic aspect of this incident is that the patrolman is the head of the K-9 Unit & surely warned his officers repeatedly about this specific danger.
I seem to subconsciously know where our "kids" are most every minute of every day, being either inside or outside (within our fenced yard), & I seem to interact with them on some level constantly. I'd be missing them after 12 minutes much less over 12 hours. I do understand that the news of the son's auto accident threw the entire household into a panic - but almost 13 hours just seems unimaginable to me.
If you look at the thread PitPat started, the news link there says that the officer got home, and shortly after, was told his kid had been in a car wreck and the car was totalled. So I'm guessing he was frantic, and that's how he forgot.
It's a tragedy. I imagine the guy is totally distraught. But I'm not sure. Even if the the above story is true, I still think there should be a real investigation and punishment. Like removal from the K9 program. Cops are under stress all the time, on and off the job, they can't just forget these important things when stressed.