Target: Eric J. Levett, Rockdale County Sheriff
Goal: Bring criminal charges against officer who allegedly killed K-9 due to negligence.
A police K-9 recently died after being left in a hot car for about ten hours by its handler. Zane, the five-year-old bloodhound, was reportedly left in the back of a take-home police car during 90+ degree weather while his handler, Officer Jerahmy Williams, was inside his home after leaving work sick. The dog had worked with the Conyers, Georgia Police Department for four years–three of those years were spent with Williams.
According to police, Williams called the death in to his supervisor after waking up on Thursday morning. He was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the incident. According to the police chief, Williams could face internal disciplinary action as well as criminal charges laid by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department, which is conducting a criminal investigation.
In a statement, Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson made assurances that the department was committed to “the care and proper treatment of working K-9’s.” The department has announced that it will be looking into a device used in daycare vans which will force a car’s driver to check the backseats before taking the keys out of the ignition. The previous safety device, which was designed to open the car windows when the internal temperature reaches a certain point, did not function because the car was turned off.
While leaving any dog in a hot car to die is considered animal cruelty, a recently enacted law allows felony charges for killing a police dog. Williams, who has been specially trained to care for Zane, should be prosecuted to the same extent as anyone else would. Sign the petition below to demand that charges be brought against this officer for his negligence.
Dear Sheriff Eric J. Levett,
A police K-9 was allegedly left in a hot car for about ten hours by its handler recently, resulting in its death. The five-year-old bloodhound was forgotten in the back of a patrol car by handler Jerahmy Williams, who left a 12-hour shift feeling ill. The dog was not discovered until the next morning when Williams woke up to report to work.
Police dog handlers are specifically trained on how to care for their canine companions. Forgetting the dog in a hot car is not only unacceptable, but a breach of animal neglect laws. We, the undersigned, demand that charges be brought against this careless and cruel officer.
[Your Name Here]
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