A cop in South Carolina deliberately turned off the heat alarm to his vehicle and then left his dog in the car until he died, and he was not charged with a crime.
Columbia, SC — Columbia police announced this week that a police dog handler who left his own K9 in a hot car until it died will not faces charges of animal cruelty, despite being entirely responsible for the animal’s death. The officer left the K9 in the hot car for over six hours until it died from the heat.
Police K9 vehicles come equipped with special alarms that will roll notify the officer if the air conditioner goes out or the car becomes too hot. However, on that day, for reasons he was unable to explain, Master Police Officer David Hurt turned that alarm off. He also left the poor Labrador retriever mix named “Turbo” in the car for over six hours without returning to even let him use the bathroom. Had he done so, Turbo would be alive today.
Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news conference on Thursday that the officer’s behavior and negligence to keep the dog alive was shocking.
“He didn’t give any logical reason,” Holbrook said at a news conference. Yet despite turning off the alarm and creating a ticking time bomb of death for the K9, the department chose not bring charges against one of their own. Instead, Hurt was given just five days of unpaid leave.