Justice For Dog Locked Inside Hot Car Until She Died

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Target: Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan

Goal: Justice for police dog who died after being left in a hot car.

A police dog in Arkansas died when she was reportedly left in a hot car by her handler. Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan called it a “bad accident,” and just recently it was reported that the dog’s handler will not face any charges or punishment for his actions.

The dog’s handler, a police deputy, may not have intended to leave the dog to die, but he still committed an act of animal abuse, even if accidentally. For decades, owners and handlers have been warned not to leave their pets in hot cars; in at least 16 states this is a criminal offense. Keeping an animal locked in a hot car is one of the quickest ways to kill them. Even if it is an accident, it is still an act of criminal neglect.

The deputy reportedly made a mistake, but it was a mistake that cost an innocent dog her life. This cannot stand. The deputy needs to be properly punished for the alleged recklessness, not only to ensure that they will never repeat this mistake but to provide an example for other officers and dog owners. Sign this petition to demand this reckless deputy face justice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Morgan,

A deputy under your employ allegedly cost a dog her life when he left her in a hot car, and will reportedly walk away without facing any charges of animal cruelty. Even if this was an accident, it was an accident that led to the death of an innocent animal. Accidental animal neglect is still neglect.

Please do not let the dog’s handler walk away from this with no recourse. Please charge the officer with neglect and accidental cruelty and enforce stronger rules about the proper care of future police dogs. Animals have as much right to live as humans–they should not simply be left behind to their death just because their handler got too busy. This dog’s death need not be in vain.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Michael Pereckas

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18 Comments

  1. American oinker pig cops are known globallty as the trash of the planet.I loathe theswe useless corrupt,dog abusing scumbags.

    • Barbara Northey says:

      Cops where I live are good honest people. They are not pinks or pigs. Not sure what you have in Arkansas but doubt they are all bad. This forgetful officer should Never Ever get another Canine partner. Put him on patrol or jailer or desk duty. Not all cops are brain surgeons when it comes to brains. Expectations my be lower in Southern states but cops are still the goOD guys

  2. Angela Rabon says:

    Others may “forget” their animals and leave them in the car, but that is no excuse for MURDERING the animal in your care!! This officer took an oath to protect, and serve, but it didn’t happen that day, did it? No! This officer killed an animal and will now get away with it. THAT IS CALLED THE GOOD OLE’ BOYS SYSTEM AND THAT IS WHY PEOPLE ARE SO DISGUSTED WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM!

  3. MUST BE CHARGES FOR THIS GREAT ANIMALS DEATH NOW FOR JUSTICE.

  4. Robert Dickerson says:

    I don’t know where Deputy Cornelian originally hails from but I do know that he has lived in AR for at least (9) years as he has been employed by the Madison County Sheriff’s Dept since 2007. That alone tells me he is more than familiar with the hot temperatures in a community whose motto is Crossroads of the Ozarks”. The median temperature for early September in Huntsville is 80 – 88 F. Anyone should know that is too hot to allow a living animal or human to stay inside a car for more than a very brief time. But a LEO, who is trained to identify dangerous situations (hot cars being one of them) and to still leave his partner inside one is abhorrent. When he returned from wreck, “with Lina in the back seat. Drove straight home, and went back inside at about 9 a.m.” He should have removed her from the vehicle the same time he removed himself. I do not buy into the overworked, tired, lack of sleep, skeleton crew excuses being offered by both the deputy and Sheriff Morgan; they are merely words being used to justify egregious behavior by a negligent handler. I also do not concur with Washington County Prosecutor Matthew Durrett’s decision that there is insufficient evidence to support an animal cruelty charge. Deputy Cornelian knew it was hot out, as a LEO he inherently knows that hot cars are death traps, yet he still kept K9 Lina inside a virtual oven while “At 9:50 a.m., he got a call to help his friend with a broken lawn mower. Ran errands until 1:40 p.m. and then met a Huntsville officer to review a DWI case. Returned home at about 2:45 p.m. and realized Lina was not in her kennel.” Source: KHBS

    None of his actions during the time frame of nearly (6) hours were the those of a man so irrational from overwork and lack of sleep that his behavior can be considered innocent and K9 Lina’s death merely an “accident” when in reality, it was a death sentence for K9 Lina. This is blatant animal abuse ~ by cop. Which begs the question; how can we as a society trust an officer who is sworn to protect and serve us when he FAILS to protect the life of his K9 partner?

  5. Andrew Anderson says:

    I could not agree with you more sir. The “it’s just a dog” mindset that some police departments have demonstrated in the past when a K9 dies because of handler negligence has got to change. Not only are these dogs highly trained officers capable of pursuing a suspect or detecting contraband, they would take a bullet for their handler because that’s how strong the bond SHOULD be between them. K9 Lina was an integral and vital member of the MadisonCounty Sheriffs Dept, and for Sheriff Phillip Morgan to call her death called it a “bad accident,” is ridiculous. For Washington County Prosecutor Matthew Durrett’s to arbitrarily decide that K9 Lina’s handler will not face any charges or punishment for his actions is not only a travesty of justice but an egregious disregard for a canine OFFICER’S life. Mr. Durrett has devalued K9 Lina’s life and her work for the sheriff’s department. Both Sheriff Morgan and DA Durrett can issue all the statements, the deputy’s timeline and whatever other nonsense they want. Deputy Cornelian exited his vehicle that day and he had a responsibility to take K9 Lina out at the SAME time; they were partners. As for his lack of sleep? According to the department’s own documents, he was awake at 0950 when he went to help a friend fix a broken lawnmower.
    Both the Madison County Sheriff and more importantly, Washington County Prosecutor Matthew Durrett need to “step up to the plate” and call this tragic incident what it was really was; not a “bad accident” but rather a blue on blue fatality. Deputy Cornelian wantonly caused the death of his K9 partner and needs to be held legally responsible. The overworked and exhausted excuse is just that – an excuse. Per his own department he helped a friend repair the lawnmower, ran errands, and met with an officer from another department to discuss a case. All this while K9 Lina, HIS PARTNER, roasted to death in the car.

  6. Dottora Quick says:

    To the writer of this petition. IT IS INVALID. Numerous egregious inaccuracies. First you write handler worked for Madison County Sheriff (correct) but then you direct your letter to the State Police and say “a deputy under your employ”. Egregious error. The State Police have NO jurisdiction in this matter. Matt Durrett, 4th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney of Washington County made the decision NOT to charge handle who’s name you fail to mention ~ Deputy Jonathon Cornelison. To obtain justice for K9 Lina the petition would be directed to AG. Finally, why on earth would you use a photo of a springer spaniel in a red car??? K9 Lina was a Belgian Malinos who ROASTED to death in a POLICE VEHICLE.

    K9 handlers are offended by this shoddy petition as it ensures this noble dog WON’T get justice. Why do you think it only has 819 signatures after one month! We are telling social media NOT to sign or share as it’s a useless petition.

  7. Agree 100% with Dottora Quick. This petition is shoddy at best. The facts are not listed accurately, it’s addressed to the wrong individual. Please for K9 Lina correct this petition. K9 Lina is not pictured in the petition. In order for a petition to be successful, it has to be accurate & written correctly to be effective.

    • Dottora Quick says:

      Exactly! This crime against a K9 officer perpetrated by another officer must be addressed and if the prosecutor from the next county over decides in his infinite wisdom that the negligent handler should NOT be charged for leaving a dog in an unventilated vehicle for (5) hours in the middle of the day when it was 92 degrees out so be it. Mr Durett is not God; his decisions CAN and WILL be challenged. Having said that, the writer should familiarize herself on the FACTS before distributing a petition. Laws are predicated on facts, not vague inconsistencies and stock photos of a dog who is NOT the victim – K9 Lina.

  8. Stan Watson says:

    This petition is all wrong! I REALLY wish petition writers would fact check before putting something like this out. This is HORRIBLE! Do you even know what a Belgium Malinos looks like????? Are you afraid to say the handlers name? Because good handlers aren’t – his name is Deputy Jonathon Cornelison of the Madison County Sheriff’s Dept in Hunstville Arkansas. He works under Sheriff Philip Morgan. Need more information? On Sept. 9, 2016 he left his PARTNER, K9 Lina in HIS squad car parked in HIS driveway
    for over 5 hrs. During that time he took his children to daycare, helped a friend fix a lawmower – here read it for yourself! It was 91 F outside BTW.

    http://www.4029tv.com/article/madison-co-announces-discipline-for-k9-handler-after-dog-s-death/5265623

    And since you obviously don’t know what a Belgian Malinos looks like or bothered to Google K9 Lina, here is her picture!

    http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/prosecutor-not-filing-charges-against-deputy-for-k9-death

  9. Dottora Quick says:

    This petition is still WRONG!!! What is the matter with writer Linda Savitsky and petition sponsor ForceChsnge? After MULTIPLE complaints you changed the petition by removing the photo of a springer spaniel in a red car and replaced it with a K9. However it is NOT LINA!!! All it takes is to look at the dogs badge and one can clearly see it doesn’t say MADISON COUNTY. Secondly, your amended petition letter no longer targets the State Police; it targets Sheriff Morgan who does NOT have the authority to charge the individual, Deputy Jonathon Cornelison because Matt Durrett, 4th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney of Washington County made the decision NOT to charge Cornelison. The prosecutors decision preempts Sheriff Morgan. By the way this petition fails to name the handler, a critical component of any petition. Also since it involves a hot car death, including the temperature and length of time is extremely germane. For Ms. Savitsky’s edification it was 91 F degrees and K9 Lina was locked inside an unventilated car for (5) hours in the middle of the day when the heat is peak. I’ve written extensively on this subject and can give you step by step of the physiological effects the heat takes on a dogs body from onset until their death. Have you ever seen a car that a dog has literally roasted to death in? I have and the interior is shredded as the dog desperately tries to escape.
    To be blunt, if you don’t know the FACTS, stop writing garbage like this as it denigrates the seriousness of a K9s death because of a handlers negligence and in turn, that incompetent handler tarnishes the badges of thousands of excellent handlers who would take a bullet for their dog.

  10. Dottora Quick says:

    This petition is still WRONG!!! What is the matter with writer Linda Savitsky and petition sponsor ForceChsnge? After MULTIPLE complaints you changed the petition by removing the photo of a springer spaniel in a red car and replaced it with a K9. However it is NOT LINA!!! All it takes is to look at the dogs badge and one can clearly see it doesn’t say MADISON COUNTY. Secondly, your amended petition letter no longer targets the State Police; it targets Sheriff Morgan who does NOT have the authority to charge the individual, Deputy Jonathon Cornelison because Matt Durrett, 4th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney of Washington County made the decision NOT to charge Cornelison. The prosecutors decision preempts Sheriff Morgan. By the way this petition fails to name the handler, a critical component of any petition. Also since it involves a hot car death, including the temperature and length of time is extremely germane. For Ms. Savitsky’s edification it was 91 F degrees and K9 Lina was locked inside an unventilated car for (5) hours in the middle of the day when the heat is peak. I’ve written extensively on this subject and can give you step by step of the physiological effects the heat takes on a dogs body from onset until their death. Have you ever seen a car that a dog has literally roasted to death in? I have and the interior is shredded as the dog desperately tries to escape.
    To be blunt, if you don’t know the FACTS, stop writing garbage like this as it denigrates the seriousness of a K9s death because of a handlers negligence and in turn, that incompetent handler tarnishes the badges of thousands of excellent handlers who would take a bullet for their dog.

  11. Drew Anderson says:

    What the heck is this??! First a springer spaniel lounging in a red car now a dog that’s not Lina? Did anybody bother to find ANY facts out about this case???? The sheriff turned it over to the and the prosecutor said NO CHARGE. FYI. the prosecutor trumps a sheriff so why in hell would you change this to petition the sheriff who has no say??? Makes me wonder if you are BLM like the FB comment said.

  12. This is beyond ridiculous! That photo is NOT K9 Lina. Are you even a responsible and reliable site??

  13. John Esposito says:

    It’s obvious to me that both the writer and Force Change have a “problem” with law enforcement. You have both made a mockery out of this petition since day one. Pretty spaniel out for a ride in a pretty red car. Targeting an agency that has zero involvement in the case. Then even after all these comments and links that pointed the writer in the right direction, you still have it wrong. Then to ad insult to injury you post a K9’s photo that is not K9 Lina but a bomb sniffing K9 from Wisconsin.
    Do us a favor Linda Savitsky and Force Change, stay away from law enforcement issues and leave them in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing. You bring dishonor to K9s.

  14. Sabrina Stanl t says:

    What is wrong with this site AND this petition writer that when presented with factual links you continue to make a mockery of the tragic death o9 by having facts wrong. Then you try and pass on another K-9pp. All anyone has tomfomif shutdown fringe ests nybody needs to do enlarge this this are b nalone makes me realize you no more cabout the welfare and integrity of our K-9s than you do a plansabrinamizti@gmail.com

  15. As a law enforcement officer for over 15 yrs I think it’s horrible that first you put the spaniel in the red car photo up then changed it to a K-9 that once again is not K-9 Lina. The above commenter is correct. The dog you have pictured now, on a petition for a K-9 from Arkansas, is actually a former K-9 from the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Dept. in Appleton Wisconsin. His name was K-9 Conan and he passed away after his retirement in 2015. Plus K-9 Conan was a German Shepherd where K-9 Lina was a Belgium Malinois. His badge is on his collar! Do you just Google and grab the first photo you find???
    These dogs might just be “animals” to your site and to the woman who wrote this pathetic petition, but to us they are our PARTNERS. Yes there are a few handlers that should NOT be in law enforcement but the majority of us value and depend on our dogs. We have each others back, they live with us and our family, and above all they are law enforcement officers. They deserve to be respected and treated with dignity once they have died. Instead, this petition makes a mockery out of K-9 Lina by trying to pass off two different dogs as her. Plus it’s disrespectful to the memory of K-9 Conan who served his department faithfully.
    I know for a fact that several handler’s have emailed you about this yet you don’t even give them the courtesy of a reply. Disgraceful

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