Demand Charges Against Officer Who Allegedly Left K-9 in Hot Car to Die

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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.


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  1. joan silaco says:

    how can you not see or hear a very big dog? you are killing your own police officers! k9’s deserve your respect!

  2. Adrienne Friedland says:

    This police officer is a disrace to the uniform. And should be punished for causing the death of another officer.

  3. Susan Morse says:

    I don’t care if this moron was sick. He had a moral obligation to provide for the dog !!! The dog had been in his care for 3 years. The obligation he had is the same any parent with a child and safety for that child, Both are dependent on a guardian or caretaker to have their needs met. This man needs to be punished for not being responsible for and accountable to this poor dog.

  4. mimi greenberg says:

    how could leave that beautiful dog in your car. i don’t give a f**k how sick you were, you were his partner and you let that dog die..don’t ever get a service dog again or any dog. you have a lot of hate-filled people i’m one…..

  5. Manel Dias says:

    This man cannot take care of his fellow companion Police dog. How can he take good care of the laws and abide by them? He is no way fit to be a Police officer. Some one need to address this situation very seriously and perhaps he may be a better worker some where else. But not at all in the Police force. He have already committed the offense & broke the laws it self. What is left to re-think about it? His mental capacity is not at all OK. This is scary & need to be given the punishments to fit the crime against Animal cruelty.

  6. how could you do such a thing to a innocent dog?? if you are that forgetful you should NOT be a cop !!!

  7. Amber Nikolaus says:

    Shame on you!

  8. Horrific! This is a crime! A crime of negligence! — and Officer should be held accountable! The suffering, the torture this dog underwent is beyond the pale — WE DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE REPEATED EVER! The Officer MUST be held accountable — the punishment MUST fit the crime!

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