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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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Bump JIMROC

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    He should be let go.

  • Imag1641_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Koda!

  • Koda_thanksgiving_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is so unfortunite and 100% preventable and should never had happened not even the first time. There is no excuse

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    This just makes me sick! My husband is a k9 handler and his cruiser is always left running when the dog is in the car. There is either a/c or heat going depending on the temperature. This is the officers second time he should be punished harshly. I just can't fathom what these poor dogs went through. I do feel for his family for it wasn't their actions that caused this but yet they are suffering as well.

  • Img_1347a_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I thought that the police cruisers are left running if there is a dog in the vehicle. I see officers in Florida leave their vehicles running even when there are no one in them, it was explained to me it's because of the heat. I feel sorry for the officer and his family trying to take his life does not bring back the dogs and doesn't help his case nor his family especially his children. I hope a lesson was learned here.

  • Sunset_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I can not believe he did it again. Those poor dogs. He should have known better. It's summer for heavens sakes. I will not understand why people bring their dogs with them if they know they are going to be out most of the day. If your hot your dog will be twice as hot. Leave them at home.

  • Geiger_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Img_0933_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump JIMROC.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Distracted driving or distracted policing can lead to serious consequences. For this event to happen again three years later under the auspice of Sergeant Ian Craven is totally unacceptable. Dog alarms that start cars and the AC are readily available. Thank the dogs for their courageousness and service. We morn with sadness their lives cut short. RIP K-9s.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Those of you here that know me, my posts, know how much I love and respect animals. I repeat, I love them. This pos should be stripped of any and all Leo rights, should never be allowed to be around them, just like michael vick, and should be punished by he himself being put in a hot car for many, many hours. If he can do this not once but twice, ending in death, imagine what he could do to his own children.

  • 1470392_10205607568942018_1213501835514947434_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I feel the department is just as guilty for not supervising him, after he did it the first time. He should have been removed from the K9 unit the first time. What a sad story.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    i didnt know belgian k9 were bitch whom

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    How in the h*ll did this BOZO become the HEAD of a police dog training school?!! He should have been booted out the first time this happened, not promoted!

    This isn't just a dog, it's an officer's PARTNER. Do you leave your partner in a hazardous situation while you go off to a meeting? If I were in LE, I wouldn't want to have to depend on THIS guy to watch my back! What's even scarier is this idiot has children. I hope they're old enough to open car doors on their own!

  • 20140124_202252_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This idiot should have been removed from his K-9 duties after the first incident. You dog is not only your partner but part of your family. You kill your dog, you killed a member of your family. You don't just forget about your partner.

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