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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 3 years ago


    I'd have to agree with you, 'Top_Cat,' this idiot should have been removed from his position after the first incident.
    But I would place more blame on the idiots who made the decision that he remain there more than this goof of a trainer. I don't really care if they choose to prosecute this dummy or not, just fire his ass and send him packing.

  • 582602_3283682777720_334551836_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Big K9 Lover but I'm More Adamant against Intentional Animal Abuse. I do feel Animals can be prone to Suffer a horrible death just as much from Neglect. May God heal what's ever going on with this SGT. Craven, however, I believe this Officer should have another chance with a K9, as much as I believe Micheal Vick should have another dog.... JMO

  • 596px-scale_of_justice_2_new_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Put him in a car for the weekend on a nice hot day!!!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 3 years ago


    I agree with LMS_Tactical. I wouldn't call that a suicide attempt. A charade I'd say would be more accurate. An attempt to garner sympathy for himself. Unless I'm mistaken, K9 officers love their dogs and wouldn't needlessly put their "partner" in a situation like that. The key word being "needless".

  • Picture_100_max50


    about 3 years ago


    No winners here!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Personally, I'm an animal lover and think more of most of them than many of the people I've met in over 30 yrs. on the job. I've heard of many a military and police dog sacrifice themselves instantly for their handlers. We have a choice when hot, roll down a window, flip on the A/C, get a drink from a bottle of water. What possible choice did those dogs have locked in a car? The handler sounds like he's irresponsible, pre-occupied or burnt out. I believe he can be re-trained, but not to work with animals again.

  • Car_004_max50


    about 3 years ago


    DRKNTE, well said and I know I will not make a lot of friends on this either, but here goes.....BIG BUMP!!!

    I believe the dogs are officers and should be protected under the law by those that harm them while the dog is in the line of its duties but also remember....a dog is a tool period. Dogs are put into dangerous situations to protect human life. better a K9 officer die in battle than a human officer. make him buy and traiin a new dog (of the depts choice) but fire him? I believe it costs more to train a human than a K9.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    (rolls eyes at this): DRKNTE says, "[a long diatriabe about how the deaths of animals don't merit the same outrage as humans]...Oh and we will not see these dogs in heaven, there is no doggie heaven and they wont be in the real heaven! Watch I write all that and the guy will turn out to be a total Arrogant Tool"

    Hypocrisy and irony all wrapped up into one tasty burrito. Thanks. Pardon me while I go purge myself. Yes, I'm glad you weren't at the scene, too. I can see it now, "WAIT! It's just a couple of animals. False alarm."

  • 063_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace, K-9's....Thank You for your corageous service.

  • Img00212_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Ok, I agree! This is horrible and tragic. I am glad that I wasnt the one who came across this and had to watch these animals dying. I also agree that Sergeant Craven, should be removed from his duties dealling with animals since there is a history of him leaving (forgetting?-my word) his animals in a hot car to die. I however also do not believe in railroading someone who makes a mistake, even two. We are all guily of making serious mistakes in life! Think about the ones you have made and how blessed you were that they didn't end up on the 10 O'clock news, or on the other side of the world for that matter. I don't know what this guys issue is, but I do know that in life stuff happens, yes even leaving dogs in a hot car to die. People have left there kids in the car to die BY MISTAKE. I know it sucks and we all wish it didn't happen, but lets all take a step back and remember none of us are above what happened and could very well be in his shoes at some point in our life. So be careful when you cast judgement. We all work long hours and have so much going on in life that we forget even the most routine things from time to time. I pray that he finds the help he needs and can recover from this. This last part will not make friends, but here I go. These are DOGS and we can all agree deserved far better treatment than they got! But they don't have little doggie families that will mourn them forever nor will the vet be calling this "the worst day of her life" forever. I guess she she's never watched the life leave a human being before, nor has she had an infant die in her arms with a screaming mother clawing and screaming at her. Hopefully just dogs for her! I have and always will protect animals from abouse, but I will never put them over human life on any scale. Sergeant Craven and his wife and three kids will have to live with this for the rest of their life! I mean the guy tried to kill himself over this, REALLY! This is because of the political out cry of somebody who loves animals. I bet this guy loved these dogs more than he is getting credit for. I hope he and his family make it through this in one piece. Oh and we will not see these dogs in heaven, there is no doggie heaven and they wont be in the real heaven! Watch I write all that and the guy will turn out to be a total Arrogant Tool, but even then he deserves better. "Off with his head" ? really

  • Pic-0246_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Can't believe they let this guy have another canine after this happened already with him. The first time should've been a clue... DONT GIVE HIM ANOTHER DOG!!! Apparently he is not as experienced as they say he is in this article

  • 432nd_tfw_patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    It's a shame our four-legged friends are gone. Their final duties are fulfilled. This individual should never again deal with animals since it's his second offense. I guess he didn't feel the same about his charges as others do. I always know where my two dogs are when I bring them along in my vehicle. I suffer more than they do to ensure their health. Living in AZ is a death warrant if I forget one second of their whereabouts.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    This guys should not have had his job as a dog handler after the first time! Actually, why wasn't he charged then? And yes, he should have his career destroyed for his criminal actions. This was negligent homicide of a K9 officer.
    This is indicative of how far the laws and law enforcement in England have gone awry. I wouldn't live there on a bet.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    If this was accidental, then he was distracted. This is the second time this happened, so obviously there's a problem. Can someone who is unable to prioritize their attention appropriately do any job in LE? I'm guessing NOT.

  • D40e28e4bd4aedec_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This is unfortunate but seriously Craven has to live with it.. This should be an opportunity to learn from the mistake and ensure this does not happen again, by installing safety measures in the vehicles, like automatic door openers if the vehicle's temperature reaches a certain point. We treat K9's like human officers and yet we do not take the precautions to protect them? This should be viewed not only as an individual lapse but as a failure of the system. An automatic door opener, and remote system, would be beneficial not only for safety but operations as well.

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