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K9 Killing Cop Flees Post In Suicide Attempt

K9 Killing Cop Flees Post In Suicide Attempt

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June 28, 2011

KENT, UK – The head of a police dog training school in the UK was reportedly recovering today from an attempt to commit suicide after two police dogs roasted to death in his car on one of the hottest days of the year.

Sergeant Ian Craven could face prosecution for animal cruelty after the dogs – a Belgian Malinois bitch called Chay and a German Shepherd puppy, Tilly – were found dying in an unventilated vehicle at the Metropolitan Police’s training centre in Kent, south-east England, on Sunday (local time) as temperatures soared to 84F (29C).

It is the second time a puppy in his care has died after being left in a sweltering car in hot weather. He was disciplined following a similar incident three years ago.

The 49-year-old father of three, one of England’s most experienced dog handlers, had locked the animals in his vehicle with the windows closed before going to a meeting in east London. He remembered them around an hour later and phoned colleagues to raise the alarm.

Kennel workers cut open the cage, but despite attempts to resuscitate the dogs, they were later pronounced dead by an emergency vet.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed to The (London) Times today that Sergeant Craven had been admitted to the hospital with a “hand injury”.

The spokesman declined to confirm reports the officer had jumped from a colleague’s moving car and attempted to slash his wrist.

Kennel assistant, Tina Dale, 54, who was among those who tried to save the animals, described it as the “worst day of my life”.

She said on a social networking site, “The suffering those dogs went through is too unbearable to think about. I’m in bits, we tried so so hard, but it was too long, the damage had been done. What a bloody awful way to die.”

A Met Police spokesman said it was investigating the incident.

The deaths follow those of two German Shepherd police dogs, who were left to die in a baking hot car outside Nottinghamshire Police headquarters in July 2009. Police dog handler Mark Johnson was handed a six-month conditional discharge after he was found guilty of animal cruelty in relation to their deaths.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I don't understand why any Officer would ever leave his K9 in a locked vehicle, especially with the windows up!

    Earlier in my career I worked K9 for quite a while. I never, never, never left my partner alone in a locked car for any reason. The K9 and I were a team and he went with me, everywhere. He was my trusted and proven partner and friend and to be very honest, he smelled and looked a lot better than the human partners I have had. If we weren't both welcome, then neither of us went. When I was promoted out of the division, I bought the dog and kept him at home like always. It was very difficult to leave him at home when my assignment just wouldn't let me take him. Just like before he knew when it was time to go to work and he would retrieve his leash and sit and beg until I told him "let's go to work". He lived 12 1/2 years and never told a joke that wasn't funny, didn't pass gas and laugh about it, no burping, no chewing and 100% faithful at all times.


  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Very sad, didnt think it even gets hot enough in the UK to kill a dog from heat. Its def not AZ

  • Bkackie_tahoe_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I have been in the K9 unit for 5 years and I COULD NEVER, EVER leave or forget my dog in the car. Its like forgetting to put your uniform on before you leave the house.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Kevlar_max50


    about 3 years ago


    How horrible... these dogs trusted this dipsh*t with their lives.....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Once is a mistake, maybe;
    twice is incompetence.

  • Justice-400_max50


    about 3 years ago


    He shouldn't have been placed back in the K9 unit if circumstances were similar. I've heard of dogs dying from the heat, but usually it's because the AC is blasting and the officer believes it's getting to the back and it isn't. Something this reckless though should have been ground for demotion. Sad.

  • P_p_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump to all of you who said he didn't deserve a second chance to be in the K9 unit. Rest in peace, K9s Chay and Tilly.

  • 582602_3283682777720_334551836_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Dogs suffering and dying in sweltering heat, and an Emotionally and Physically injured officer....sad story. If it's 84 degree's outside, In an "alleged" hour it's probably well over 100 degrees inside the Cruiser. The Police k9's Most likely felt like they were in an oven. The window tint may have taken the heat down a few notches, but it only prolonged the Police K9's death.

  • Good_ole_days_max50


    about 3 years ago


    The department should have removed him from K9 Unit after he killed the first dog. I know my but would have been sent back to patrol, not that patrol is a bad thing. What am I talking about, I never left patrol!! LoL

  • 131050241_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Its a sad situation. But something in this story did make me laugh. "one of the hottest days of the year." "temperatures soared to 84F" I wish I could say those things. We are already hitting 100 degree days here and its just getting started.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    It's apparent he feels guilty and knows that he made a mistake. Only thing to do now is face the consequemcds.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    No excuses for the officer involved. Shame on him for trying to take the cowards way out.

    The department should look into some safety features for the K-9 patrol cars to prevent things like this from happening again.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    No excuse and no sympathy for this derelict and totally irresponsible sergeant. And, no excuse for whomever allowed him to remain with K-9 after the 1st inciden. He should never be allowed near a dog again...

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