British policeman to face prosecution for deaths of 2 police dogs during heat wave

UK policeman to face charges in deaths of 2 dogs

LONDON — Britain’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a police officer who left two police dogs in his car during a heat wave will be prosecuted for their deaths.

RSPCA spokesman Andy Robbins says the officer will be charged with causing unnecessary suffering to the two German Shepherds.

The dogs had been left in a car three weeks ago in the parking lot of police headquarters in Nottingham, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of London.

Police said Tuesday the officer has been suspended pending the results of an internal inquiry.

The maximum penalty for causing unnecessary distress to an animal is six months’ imprisonment or a 20,000 pound ($32,600) fine, or both.


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