Justice For Dog Locked Inside Hot Car Until She Died


Target: Colonel Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police

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.


Dear Colonel Bryant,

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.


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  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!


  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?

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