Thursday, July 7, 2011

Police Dog Left In Swealtering Heat While Officer Goes Fishing

I usually don't post many stories from outside of the GTA, but this one had me boiling! Here is an excerpt, with the full article linked below :


The RCMP on Vancouver Island are facing criticism for leaving a police dog in a hot SUV in a marina parking lot for several hours while the off-duty officer was out fishing. Hessel Oerlemans said the dog was locked in the police SUV in front of the Goldstream Boathouse in Langford on Wednesday as temperatures soared on one of the hottest days of the year.

The off-duty officer left the windows of the SUV partially open, but Oerlemans said that was not enough to keep the vehicle cool. "You could feel the heat coming out of the window. It was like a furnace," he said. Boathouse owner Lita Seymonsbergen says the dog was hot and in obvious distress. "You couldn't get near him because he was totally panicking," said Seymonsbergen. Eventually marina staff erected a portable canopy over the vehicle and sprayed it with water to try to cool it down, before calling 911. Read more at www.cbc.ca.

10 comments:

  1. I'm not sure that I can comment on this without losing my cool. So a police officer who also happens to be a guardian of a police dog leaves the dog in the car on a sweltering day. He was the dog's guardian. Hot day. Sorry, but this officer has shown a serious lack of judgement and should be booted out of the service and never be allowed to be responsible for an animal again. No second chance.

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  2. I totally agree, And becuase he is a policeman, he won't go through any charges or anything requiring any punsihment either will he? Too bad.....What a horrible irresponsible thing to do....shame on this guy! And poor doggy...hope he is okay?

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  3. Facts,

    Dog was in vehicle for 3 hours
    Officer returned to marina at 8pm
    3 police vehicles arrived...none could get in
    Dog barked atstart which alerted to his presence...he then later was exhausted and unresponsive

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  4. I cannpot believe that that policeman did not get some type of punishment for what he did or some charge. How unfair! That poor dog could have died in that car. It has been very hot outside too! I also agree that this policeman should never be allowed to own or be responsible for another animal again either! Shame on that man!

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  5. The officer should be fired. Being an RCMP or police officer carries great responsibility including setting an example. This is the kind of person put in charge of the general public's safety? Thanks, but no thanks.

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  6. Are you seriously telling me that the policeman will not be punished in this BLATANT LACK OF JUDGEMENT. Pardon the following but WTFH is wrong with him & with his superiors He should be banned from handling any police dogs & also BANNED FROM OWNING A DOG OR CAT FOR 5 - 10 YEARS. His name should be reported in any newspaper articles about this CRIME the same as any other citizen's would be. He has lost all rights for respect.

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  7. You would expect more from someone who's suppose to SERVE & PROTECT!! I just don't understand where people get their poor judgement from....here's someone we call when we see an IDIOT suvilian doing this on a regular day, who leaves their dog in the car but you wouldn't expect the one that comes for savior would be the DUMB ASS to do it!

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  8. He should be charged & prosecuted the same as anyone else who chooses to abuse !! Are RCMP or as far as that goes any Police Officer above the law? I should think not. He should be made an example of to others who dare to think they are!

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  9. I seriously would have demanded police attend before I threw a brick thru window!!

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  10. I wouldn't have waited for police!

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