GA Police dog dies in hot car when handler forgets him. He was cooked to death.

  • by: Amy Krentz
  • recipient: Conyers, Georgia Police Administration

It's hard to believe that dogs are still dying in hot cars with all of the information available as to how dangerous it is. Police officers should know better than anyone how lethal it is to leave a dog in a hot car, since they are typically the ones responding to calls about dogs being left in hot cars.

On July 16, 2015 in Conyers, Georgia, one police officer is now on administrative leave after his K-9 partner died in his patrol car, according to CBS46. Zane, a five year old bloodhound, was found deceased in the back of the cruiser outside the officer's home. The dog had been left in the hot car for almost 10 hours.

Conyers Police Officer Jerahmy Williams got off of work at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning. He claimed he was feeling ill and had fallen asleep at home. Williams stated he thought he took Zane to his kennel and only realized his mistake once he woke up, about 10 hours later. Zane was found around 5 p.m. According to official temperatures from Conyers, high temperatures reached 91 degrees Fahrenheit that day. This means the inside of the vehicle reached and sustained at least 135 degrees Fahrenheit, likely climbing higher than that. Zane essentially cooked to death.

Zane was with the police force for four years, working as a tracking dog. Williams has been with the force for five years. The two worked together for three years. Williams is now on administrative leave with pay. There will be an internal investigation and Williams could face animal cruelty charges

This police officer who is here to protect and serve failed. I petition he never handle another dog again and be charged with animal cruelity and nelect.

Update #14 years ago
The outrage I feel is immeasurable. There is a police dog memorial site http://www.odmp.org/k9 that identifies Zane as a dog who died in the line of fire. Zane was murdered by his handler. Zane did not die serving his community. He died because his K9 handler FORGOT about him when he went inside and fell asleep. The police department supports the officers claim of it being an accident. Anyone else would be charged with a crime. Please do not let Zane's death be in vain.
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