Target: Arizona Department of Public Safety
Goal: Dismiss the policeman that caused the death of a police dog by leaving him in a sweltering car.
The state of Arizona is famous for its brutal summer weather with temperatures that frequently hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside cars that are left to bake in the sun, however, temperatures can dangerously soar to 130 degrees and beyond. This truth was thrown into sharp relief when Jeg, a 7-year-old Malinois K-9, was euthanized after he was left in a hot patrol car for almost an hour. Officer Korey Lankow, the policeman in charge of the dog, accidently left Jeg behind after hurriedly switching cars in order to respond to a serious accident. Upon realizing he had forgotten Jeg in his previous vehicle, he rushed back to the parking lot where the car in question was parked, but the dog was already in critical condition.
Officer Lankow is reasonably distraught over the accident and is currently on administrative leave. However, when a person’s mistakes result in the loss of life, strict consequences and precautions must be taken in order to ensure that the incidents are not repeated in the future. Sign the petition now to request that Officer Lankow is dismissed from the police force, and send a clear message to the Arizona Department of Public Safety: accident or not, no apology can bring an innocent dog back to life.
Dear Arizona Department of Public Safety,
I write in regard to Officer Korey Lankow, the handler who left a K-9 officer in a police car for almost an hour, a mistake that ultimately resulted in the dog’s death. My thoughts go with the Canine District and all who cared for the dog, particularly Officer Lankow who undoubtedly is feeling remorse for the accident. However, I am disturbed by the fact that an innocent dog is dead due to a mistake, and I trust you are doing all you can to investigate the incident. Furthermore, I trust you are doing all you can to ensure that what happened is never repeated in the future.
If Officer Lankow had left a child in the back seat of a car, he would be on trial for involuntary manslaughter. Accidents happen all the time, but when those accidents cost innocent beings their lives, stricter consequences must be reinforced. Simply allowing the officer administrative leave is not enough. I urge you to dismiss Officer Lankow and continue to firmly remind canine handlers that the dangers of heat exhaustion apply to dogs as well as humans. Please regularly check on handlers that employ K-9 officers during the summer and be sure that they are always accounted for. Simple precautions and the employment of organized officials may have saved Jeg’s life.
[Your Name Here]