In Arizona, there is a double standard. One for the general public and one for the police.
Animals can not be left unattended in vehicles in Arizona due to the extreme heat which can reach temperatures of over 150 degrees F. But that is exactly what happened on June 26, 2020, when temperatures reached a sweltering 108 degrees F in the city.
Sadly, Officer Craig Curry left his K-9 partner in his vehicle when he was in a meeting and failed to check on him.
“Curry claimed that he left his car running with the AC on but when he came back out, the car had turned off,” the Free Thought Project reports. “Even if he had left the vehicle off, K-9 officers carry a pager which alerts them to the cruiser’s temperature in case there is a malfunction. Curry left his pager in the vehicle.”
Officers are required by department policy to follow-up with their K-9 partners every 30-minutes which Curry failed to do.
Curry was placed on a 20-hour leave of absence despite several conduct violations and the fact that the officer could have parked in a nearby shaded spot.
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