Officer charged in death of K9 that perished in hot car

Officer charged in death of K9 that perished in hot car
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An officer from the Whiteville Police Department responded Tuesday to the Hardeman County Correctional Facility on reference to a service dog found dead in a hot vehicle.

An affidavit says a service dog for the Corrections Corporation of America, named Kilo, was found dead in K9-Officer Robert Strickland’s vehicle kennel. The responding officer noticed the engine was turned off, windows were rolled up and there was no water left for Kilo, according to officials.

Strickland stated he arrived to a training site at about 8:30 a.m. and did not check on Kilo until about 1 p.m., according to the affidavit. Officials say when Strickland noticed Kilo was unresponsive and not breathing, he performed CPR on the dog but his efforts were unsuccessful. Strickland admits this was accidental, according to the affidavit.

Officials say according to the National Weather Service, the temperatures reached around 86 to 88 degrees on Tuesday.

Due to K9-Officer Robert Strickland’s failure to provide a safe environment for K9 Kilo that resulted in his death, he has been charged with animal cruelty.

Warden of the Hardeman County CCA Correctional Facility, Grady Perry, says the estimated cost of K9 Kilo was $5,000 and restitution would be to the Correctional Corporation of America Hardeman Facility.

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