Another law enforcement officer killed a police dog by leaving it in a patrol car for several hours under the hot sun, marking at least the seventh K-9 to die this way since June.
This time it was Jola, a K-9 for the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, who died after being left in a car for more than 20 hours.
Deputy Latham Roldan was fired over the incident and remains under investigation by the county attorney, according to the Alice Echo News Journal.
Under Texas law, Roldan should be charged with a felony, specifically Texas Penal Code 38.151 (b) (6) and (7), which states the following is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence of anywhere between two years to two decades:
(A) killing a police service animal or engaging in conduct likely to kill the animal;
(B) injuring a police service animal in a manner that materially and permanently affects the ability of the animal to perform as a police service animal; or
(C) engaging in conduct likely to injure a police service animal in a manner that would materially and permanently affect the ability of the animal to perform as a police service animal.(6) injures or kills a police service animal; or
(7) engages in conduct likely to injure or kill a police service animal, including administering or setting a poison, trap, or any other object or substance.
But the unspoken law is that these laws only apply to citizens without badges, not the badged dog handlers that are supposed to be trained to treat these dogs are their partners.
That is, if any of the five previous incidents where cops have left dogs to die in heated cars throughout the country this summer is any indicator, including:
- K9 Zeke of the Muldrow Police Department in Arkansas.
- Sgt. Baston of the Savanna State University Police Department in Georgia.
- Zane from the Conyers Police Department in Georgia.
- Mason from the Gulf Shores Police Department in Alabama.
- Jimmy and Hector from the Hialeah Police Department in Florida.
All of these officers remain “under investigation” for charges they will never face.