Demand Justice for Police Dogs Left to Die in Hot Cars

Michael Pereckas-PoliceDog

Target: Mike Johnson, President of the American Police Canine Association

Goal: Bring justice to police dogs left to die in hot cars by police officers.

Five police dogs have suffered horrible deaths from being left in hot cars by their handlers. The handlers have not been punished, unless you count a paid vacation as punishment.

An everyday citizen who leaves their dog in a hot car and discovers the dog dead would face anywhere from one to five years in jail and be fined tens of thousands of dollars, and rightfully so. But why have all five of these police officers gotten off without a single punishment and in some cases, a paid vacation?

This July, a seven-year-old German Shephard named Baston in Savannah, Georgia suffered a horrific fate when he was allegedly left in a sweltering police car before his handler realized that he had forgotten the dog in the car. Boston was a member of the Savannah State University police department, and repeated calls to the department to ask the status of his handler were met with silence.

Another incident occurred in May in Hialeah, Florida when two police dogs named Hector and Jimmy died in an overheated car when Officer Nelson Enriquez allegedly forgot about them and left them overnight in his vehicle. Officer Enriquez was suspended with pay after the incident and phone calls to the department were ignored. This is tragic because Enriquez was essentially given paid vacation for being so negligent and killing two hardworking K9s.

The apparent incompetence of these two police officers only scratch the surface. Three other incidents were reported this summer and none of the police officers were punished for their horrible negligence. Please sign the petition below to demand justice for these poor dogs and to make K9 handlers more diligent about leaving their K9 partners in hot cars.


Dear Mr. Johnson,

I am deeply saddened by the news that five police dogs have already succumbed to horrible deaths because of their handlers who left them to die in hot cars. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed and has been swept under the rug by many police departments.

As you know, K9s play an important role in our justice system and deserve to be treated with respect. Many of the recent cases not only forgo punishment for the handler responsible for their deaths, the officers are also given paid leave. This is not justice and police officers will not take this issue seriously when there is no punishment for such negligence.

Please address this issue and bring justice to these poor dogs who died horrible deaths in hot cars. They deserve so much more respect than what we are currently giving them and police officers should treat them as they would a fellow police officer.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Pereckas

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  1. How about locking these stupid cops in their patrol cars for a whole day. If they survive , they’ll see how that thing to do. If they don’t survive, oh well them from the herd. No loss at all.

  2. Glennis Harwig says:

    Don’t let the stupid f—ers have dogs if they haven’t sufficient intelligence or empathy to take proper care of them. FIRE THESE COPS…this was murder of unpaid police “employees”.

    Why can’t these cops do their jobs without including these poor animals, who are forced to perform, in many cases, in unjust situations, terrorizing people. What choice do the dogs have? Let’s at least neuter these cops and lock them in hot cars before they’re fired.

  3. Dogs are not equipment. Also, taxpayers have paid a lot for these valuable animals to be trained. Any handler negligently responsible for an animals death should have to pay for the full cost of acquiring and training a new dog ON TOP OF the cruelty charges.


  5. Alexandre Engelen says:

    A good policeman on duty never forget, no matter the circumstances: he serves his country!
    Conclusion: Punish severely bad police officers.

  6. Heather Brophy says:


  7. Elizabeth Gonzalez says:

    They deserve severe jail time!!!! Police officers of all people should know better, shame on them!! How can you forget your canine companion that lives and works with you on a daily basis?? I have no sympathy for these lousy cops, put them away. Paid vacation time as a punishment??? I’d like to know the jackass that came up with that “punishment”! I’ll take a guess it’s someone that has zero compassion for animals. Lock his or her ass up too!

  8. -Very sad to read about the fate of these service animals.

  9. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  10. Sheila Blackwell says:

    Shouldn’t the same laws for protecting children in hot cars apply to the Dog Police Officers? Who is to say that they don’t deserve the same law applications as any other threatened life.
    Do The Right Thing

  11. This cruel negligence is beyond the pale — think of the torturous suffering these sweet dogs went through — who’s to be held accountable! — WE DO NOT WANT REPEATS OF SUCH CRIMES — WE DO NOT WANT ABUSE AGAINST ANIMALS TO BE REPEATED!

  12. Hold these officers responsible!
    Us civilians would be charged and locked up if we were to do the same crime.
    I am so sick and tired of cops getting special treatment, cops are no one special. They need to learn to accept responsibility for their actions, be held accountable for their actions, and be punished the same as any civilian would be. Cops are not above the law yet 90% of them think they are.
    The sheer stupidity and negligence
    of the officers involved resulted in the death of innocent hard working K9’s.
    Its quite alarming that these K9’s are the officers partner, their job, and their responsibility yet the officers so easily forgot them and leave them to suffer and die in hot cars.
    These officers failed miserably at their job, and they should no longer be allowed to be cops. They should be doing time for their crime like everyone else would have to do.
    My only hope is none of these officers have young helpless children, if they can so easily fail at their job and forgot their K9 who is their partner and is their job they can and will just as easily forgot their helpless innocent child.

    The time is NOW to hold these idiots accountable for their negligence.

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