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Cop Forgets His Police Dog In Car, Dog Dies Of Heat Stroke

Bennettsville, South Carolina police officer Robert Miller left his dog named "Tank" in his police cruiser with the windows rolled up and no water when he went to do some paperwork at the police department. He completely forgot he left Tank in his car and the dog, which by the way no doubt cost tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to train, died a horrible death from heat stroke.

Was the officer charged with negligent homicide? Animal cruelty?

Of course not, he faced no charges. Instead he got a meager 90-day suspension and was forbidden from being a K-9 officer.

A tax-slave citizen in Maryland who did exactly the same as this officer by leaving her dog in her hot car when she went to the mall for some 90 minutes was just charged with animal cruelty, specifically for "confinement in an unsafe manner," she's facing 90 days in jail and $1000 fine, and her dog lived and is seemingly doing just fine.

There are two sets of laws in this country, those for the rulers, and those for the ruled.


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This happened in South

This happened in South Carolina, where they recognize that animals are property. The 'killing a dog is killing a cop' are all mentioned in states that are way on the left/statist spectrum and will pass laws just because they can, not because they make sense. And the article has to go to Maryland (another left/statist state) to come up with an example of someone who was charged with a crime for leaving a dog in a car. One cherry picked example does not influence my thought process.

What I wonder is if regular citizens don't get charged with animal cruelty in South Carolina if they do the same thing. If they don't then the oficer shouldn't either. If they are, the officer should be too.

That all said, I love dogs and I do believe that leaving a dog in a hot car is reckless, wrong, lazy, and possibly evil. But does the government have the right to tell you what to do with your property? What about slaughterhouses - they are 'cruel' to their animals? This is just another place where laws are arbitrary and enforced on only those they want to enforce them on. That is a danger to liberty.

Punishment should fit the crime

All justice is about striking a balance between the actions of the two parties involved. I think the officer should be locked in a squad car with no water or relief for the same period of time.


I am sure that

during his 90 day paid vacation he will do some moonlighting...double-dipping. Then as a result of his outstanding service he will get a promotion. Well done.

When your suspended you do

When your suspended you do not get paid so where do you get "paid vacation" and double dipping from?

I absolutely gurantee

you that the suspended cop will appeal to his union and will get back pay if his pay was suspended. My brother n law is a local cop.

Only if he can prove it was a

Only if he can prove it was a wrongful suspension. I can almost guarantee that he will appeal it but a guarantee that he will win is grasping at straws. I can trump your credentials, I am a peace officer, lol.

Peace Officer...

I like the sound of that.

Hmm...Wouldn't this be murder of a Police Officer?

I know for a fact in the Marxist State of Kalifornia you can be charged with murder on a Police Officer for killing a Cop Dog. I love hypocrisy and Double Standards.

Way to go you bastards I applaud you on selective enforcement of the laws.

Unbelievable but true.

I'll bet

They count the Dog as an officer killed in the line of duty.

exactly what I was thinking

If a serf kills a Police K-9 you are charge with killing a Cop. Why is this guy not a Cop killer?

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

A buddy of mine once kicked a police dog...

He does not deserve any sympathy, as he is a thief, caught shoplifting. The cops sent the dog after him because he ran from them in the super-market parking lot. It caught him, just before the fence in the back, behind the store. He kicked it. They charged him with assaulting an officer. It got lowered.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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Cops don't know how to eat their own dog food.


"In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony,[1] subjecting the perpetrator to harsher penalties than those in the statutes embodied in local animal cruelty laws,[2] just as an assault on a human police officer is often a more serious offense than the same assault on a non-officer."

The Philosophy Of Liberty -


He should have to pay the amount for the cost of the dog and the training back to the police department or face charges imo.

Complete irresponsibility. If he was a youth I could sort of understand.

A sizeable donation to the local dog pound or volunteer time should be in order too.


Considering if you had killed

that dog they would charge you with murdering a Cop, I think this Cop should be facing the same charges. Screw a fine, throw this puke in jail and throw away the key.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

The dog is a police officer!

So just so we're all clear on this...a negligent cop kills a fellow officer, and his punishment is he can't have the same partner anymore? Freakin' REALLY? How about 30 days in the stockade...out in the hot sun in the park so all the citizens can spit on him, pee on him, mock him and smack the crap out of his bright red sunburn? To me, that seems about right.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry