Police dog dies after officer leaves it in hot car for more than SIX hours, cop who left dog not charged
Although David Hurt escaped criminal charges, he was taken off the bomb squad and also banned from working with animals ever again.
A police dog handler has been banned from working with animals after he left his canine in his patrol car which resulted in the animal dying due to a heat stroke.
The master police officer David Hurt had left the bomb-sniffing labrador-retriever mix named Turbo in his vehicle for a period of around 6 hours. Hurt did not check on Turbo once in those 6 hours despite the fact that the temperature was a burning 94F.
When Hurt finally returned after 6 hours, he found that Turbo was foaming at the mouth and listless. He immediately rushed the dog to the vet but unfortunately Turbo had to be put down around two days later as a result of organ failure.
Hurt was taking part in gun training in South Carolina with many other dog handlers who had also left their animals in their vehicles, but unlike Hurt they had returned to check on them regularly. According to the Columbia police chief Skip Holbrook, Hurt failed to check on Turbo even once and only went back to the vehicle once the training was over.
Hurt had left the windows rolled down and air conditioner on but he had disabled a heat alarm inside the vehicle. As reported by DailyMail, Holbrook shared, "He didn't give any logical reason," before adding that the negligence and the behavior had shocked seasoned dog handlers. "It was a mistake of the heart he will have to deal with the rest of his life," Holbrook continued.
Hurt was suspended for around five days without pay while the investigation was taking place. As a result of his irresponsible behavior, he was taken off the bomb squad and also banned from working with animals ever again.
However, prosecutors came to the decision that though Hurt had used terrible judgement, he would not face any charges as his actions were criminally negligent.
Hurt has accepted the punishment and is heartbroken at the tragic incident. He also has children who love the dog. Holbrook shared, "It's like losing a partner or a family member. It is devastating."