Update on Luke Stribling, Puppy Killer…

Update on Luke Stribling, Puppy Killer…

Ever since I launched my petition something has bothered me  ~ the media discrepancies in some Florida outlets. It didn’t make sense (yes I’m one of THOSE people who needs an answer) that two media reports would give a completely different version than other media sources about a single event; the first time Luke Stribling took  his puppy Julian to a vet for a broken leg on June 12. Since I wrote the petition, it was extremely important that it be accurate. So I went back the other day to look at the two original  media articles and to my shock they had been changed. Gone was all the damning indictments against both the first veterinarian and animal services for allowing Luke to take an abused puppy home. If I hadn’t archived the original stories I would have thought I definitely lost my marbles. So I emailed each reporter to subtly ask why the change yet neither responded. Hmmmmm.

I contacted Orlando Animal Services to put in a records request under FOIA. They hit my in box the next day. Impressive! Then I reached out to the first veterinary practice and was finally able to connect with the practice manager. You see, the two media reports said that when Stribling brought his puppy in for a broken leg the treating vet became suspicious, did an MRI which revealed even more fractures. Both stories went on to say that the veterinary practice notified authorities but there was “insufficient evidence to seize the puppy” so little Julian went home with Stribling. Not sure if it was over zealous reporting, misinformation, or misconstruing information received but the first veterinary practice never became suspicious because the story Luke told was plausible; Julian caught his leg in the dock slot as he was being walked. They didn’t do an MRI and in fact the practice doesn’t even have an MRI machine. No additional fractures were found and they never called animal services. It bothered me that the two initial media reports gave such detailed yet erroneous information because  what they reported is the type of thing that can tarnish reputations. So I edited my petition today and explained why.

Sadly, everything that occurred when Stribling brought his dead puppy to the vet on June 26 is true. In fact, its even worse than reported.  Reading that poor baby’s necropsy report was difficult for I could actually visualize his last minutes of life and it was disturbing. Forget that I’m a nurse who’s seen more than my share of “gruesome”. Forget that I’m a volunteer disaster nurse with DHHS and have been activated to several equally gruesome disasters. Sitting in a chair reading that report brought tears to my eyes ~ a lot of them

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Even though I’ve survived brutality, I’ve never understood why people feel the need to inflict harm. Do they have mutated chromosomes? Or is their gene pool deficient? And how the hell did this pollutant of life, Stribling, manage to reach age 20 without anyone noticing his low frustration tolerance  or propensity for anger? Anger that in an innocent puppy’s case led to a violent death? Frustration and anger are related emotions, but they’re not identical. Some people are able to control anger or frustration and channel these feelings to nondestructive outlets. I get angry sometimes with automated phone systems that seem like an endless merry go round i.e. press this for that, press that for this only to wind up reaching the persons voice mail, leave a message and never get a callback. Frustrating and invokes anger. Yet I don’t throw the phone at the wall or scream when I finally reach a human. Well ~ there WAS that one time after I’d hung up that I threw the phone at the fireplace mantle but we’ll chalk that up to cabin fever as I was homebound. Alone with a broken leg in a wheelchair. In Maine where there’s still snow in April. I actually broke my leg in a terrible snowstorm on wait for it………….April 1!

But all joking aside, why did I toss a phone in an isolated event rooted in frustration while others, like several of the gunmen who committed mass murders, kill people?  Why does someone like Luke Stribling  exhibit a frightening lack of control because his little 7 1/2 pound puppy tinkled on the floor? Such a loss of control that  he punched, kicked and slapped Julian and till he eventually killed him. The necropsy report indicates the severity of the puppy’s injuries and that they’d been going on for some time. He lived in virtual fear of his owner yet no one noticed? No one saw that Luke had anger management issues? Well that is other than Luke’s friends who told investigators AFTER Julian’s death that Luke punched and kicked the puppy for tinkle accidents.

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A Little Joy After My Bleak Posts Of Late…

A Little Joy After My Bleak Posts Of Late…

Some of you may have read my entries when I was nominated for a  (3) day blog challenge on “Quotes”. Of course, I chose dog quotes and I centered them around a pit bull mix puppy, approximately (6) months old named Blue. He had been discovered by security staff from one of Maine’s ski resorts, Sunday River in Newry on October 2, 2015. He was at the edge of the dense woods and to their horror  his muzzle had been taped shut. They called the ACO who in turn took him to  Bethel Animal Hospital which is owned by Dr. Gary Stuer,  part of my GSD Sasha’s medical team.  Honestly? As someone who lives in the Western Mountains of Maine, I can tell you with 100% conviction that it’s a miracle the puppy was discovered. The mountains are high and the woods dense and thick. Bethel and Newry (Sunday River) connect and you can’t tell when you’ve crossed the border of one into the other. 

Despite deep facial tissue damage the puppy  who the staff  named “Blue“,  made a wonderful recovery and was adopted by a lovely family. If you read this article  which also has a short video, you’ll find the link to Blue’s Instagram!

Bethel Animal Hospital had an Open House on October 8 and the guest of honor was no other than Blue! What a strong little guy he is! All muscle and kisses! One of the major networks was there and will be running a feature on him later this month.

They still haven’t found the waste of oxygen that did such a horrid thing to an innocent puppy then left him to die in the woods. I thought with the reward someone would have, as they say in Maine, thrown the culprit under the bus, but not yet and it’s been just over one year.

Blue is such a testament to the indomitable spirit that we all have but sometimes it’s in hiding. Look within yourself and you WILL find it. Maybe not all at once, but bit by bit. The will to survive is strong and a miracle thrown in along the way certainly doesn’t hurt.

My original posts:

Challenge #1  

Challenge #2 

Challenge #3 

“The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me.”

~ Helen Exley

Luke Stribling Beat His Shiba Inu Puppy To Death.

Luke Stribling Beat His Shiba Inu Puppy To Death.

I really thought I did a post on this because of my outrage but apparently I didn’t. Since I wrote and launched a petition today I thought I’d share. Maybe after reading one of you might have some insight as to what would cause college students to commit these egregious acts (there are (2) more cases within the post)…

Luke Stribling, 20, of Orange County, Florida is a student majoring in Jazz at the University of Central Florida. He also willingly and maliciously beat, punched, kicked and tortured  his 17- week- old Shiba Inu puppy named Julian  to death. He was arrested on September 30, 2016 by the Orlando County Sheriff’s Dept for “tormenting, mutilating and ultimately killing his 17-week-old Shiba Inu puppy, Julian“. Deputies arrested Stribling on (2) charges of animal cruelty under Florida Animal Cruelty law: 828.12. Cruelty to animals and booked into Orange County Jail on both felony counts of cruelty to animals. Although the extended period of abuse took place last summer, authorities had to wait for the necropsy results to become available before they could charge. Incidently, a necropsy (same as an autopsy but usually refers to animals) takes at best (3) days but at least he was charged.

Media Video of Luke Stribling Upon Release From Orange County Jail

For those of you not familiar with the Shiba Inu breed I’ve hyperlinked. The abuse started long before little Julian’s death on June 26, 2016. At the time of death Julian was 17-weeks-old and would have weighed approximately 8-10 pounds.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Photo of Luke Stribling

Luke Stribling originally brought Julian to the  East Orlando Animal Hospital on June 12, 2016, where he told the veterinarians that Julian had fallen down a flight of stairs and had trouble walking for two days. According to a statement by the examining vet, during the examination Julian literally shook because of severe pain which prompted the veterinarian to ask Stribling why he let his dog suffer for two days with a broken leg; Stribling did not respond to the question. Suspicious of Stribling’s behavior, the vet staff performed a full body MRI scan and found several other fractures all over Julian’s tiny body. Julian was also nervous in Stribling’s presence which indicated signs of abuse. Based on Julian’s pain and fear, the medical findings, and Stribling’s evasive answers, the clinic staff notified Animal Services.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough evidence to seize Julian and he was released back into Stribling’s custody.

I’m having an issue for lack of a better word with the absence of intervention reported in the media because nearly every mainstream outlet has a slightly different spin. For example, if Animal Services did not have enough evidence to intervene, what does Click Orlando mean in their article dated September 30:

Records show Stribling took a four-hour course on responsible pet ownership at Orange County Animal Services earlier this month. He also paid a $256 fine.

On June 26, Luke Stribling brought the deceased Julian to a different animal facility, Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic, still wearing the cast on his tiny leg. X-rays found Julian had a fractured rib, sternum and abdomen and had been beaten to death. Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic contacted Animal Control. Upon questioning by investigators, Stribling admitted that he “hit and kicked the dog multiple times because he was frustrated” with Julian for urinating in his student house.

A necropsy indicated the puppy suffered severe internal injuries, traumatic lesions including a hemorrhaging eye, liver and brain and head injuries.

Stribling’s friends  told investigators he punched and kicked Julian for urinating inside his University of Central Florida-area apartment. So a tiny, defenseless puppy suffered  prolonged abuse and trauma because this pathetic waste of oxygen failed as a responsible pet owner? He was negligent and incompetent in housebreaking Julian and for that reason alone the puppy endured endless abuse.

This is the third college male in the US that has recently been in the news for abusing an animal. A football player at Baylor University in Texas abused his own dog to the point of making it scream in pain and the video of the abuse went on Snapchat! His punishment to date? He had to sit out (3) football games. Yep, next Michael Vick right there.

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The other football player abused his neighbor’s dog, Luca,  who he was supposed to be watching. The 42 pound dog was bleeding and the student just opened the door and let him run off. The owner located her dog because of an urgent plea on social media. Luca had to have emergency surgery because his jaw wasn’t broken ~ it was shattered. He lost (6) teeth and had numerous stitches. At least his college has suspended him from playing football.

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Both of the football players are over 6’ tall and over 220 pounds. Luke Stribling appears to be of slight to regular build. Oh yes! In his LinkedIn profile he lists that he cares about “Animal Welfare”.

One doesnt have to be an animal lover, a vegan, vegetarian or even an animal activist to reaize that the death of an innocent puppy at the very hands of the person who was supposed to love and take care of him is inherintly wrong. Any  person with an ounce of humanity will surely agree that it takes a dark and evil mind to inflict such torment, pain and death upon an innocent puppy.

My words to Stribling if given the opportunity?

Malevolent as you are to the world, I am surprised you actually have friends.

If you feel that Julian the puppy deserves justice, please sign and share my petiton.

Justice4Julian 

✦Links to the other (2) petitions are included with my pictures with text that I tweeted but I’ll add then below just in case.

BaylorUniversity TX  Ishmael Zamora    💙Justice4Rottie💙

Missouri State  Breck Ruddick    💙Justice4Luca💙

Let’s see the weasel one more time!

K9 Deaths; A Minor Accomplishment …

K9 Deaths; A Minor Accomplishment …

I’ve been a bit quiet lately. Partially because I’ve been working on getting my German Shepherd Sasha’s blog online
 and up to date. But I’ve also taken my passion for K9s who die unnecessarily because of handler negligence to a new level. An “I’m in your face and not going away” kind of level. Many animal activists have attempted to enlist me in their causes but emotionally I know my limitations. I’m aware of the dog trade in China, the killing of whales and the lucrative trophy hunting industry but I simply cannot look at graphic images nor participate in campaigns.
What I can do however is use my voice to  both raise public awareness and put pressure on police departments to take punitive action when a K9 officer dies because a handler left the dog in a closed squad car while he ran errands, went to the fair, or helped a friend fix a lawnmower – all in 90 F heat. Departments  have historically circled the wagons around handlers, referring to K9 deaths as “tragic accidents”. Yes its tragic but it’s definitely not an accident.  No responsible law enforcement officer “forgets” his partner, a dog so highly trained  and committed to its job they put themselves in harm’s way to protect the handler. And for the most part, K9 handlers are phenomenal in the care they give their 4 legged partners. Sadly these excellent human/dog teams are being eclipsed by the heinous cruelty of a few. Former Lt. Dan Peabody,  Cherokee County GA, left K9 Inka, 4-year-old  Belgium Malinois, in his hot patrol car where she died ~ suffering terribly in the process as death is neither swift nor kind. Peabody was so emotionally distraught he had to be treated at the hospital. Soon however the dark side emerged, the evil that embodied Dan Peabody  revealed who he really was, a serial dog killer. For not only did he allow K9 Inka to literally roast to death, but he executed his retired K9 Dale ~ a  yellow lab. When authorities excavated Peabody’s yard expecting to find K9 Dale’s remains,  they instead found a third dog who’d been shot in the back of the head. The dog, a female,  had been approximately 10 years old at the time of  death. Since the body exhumed was also a Belgium Malinois, authorities believe the dead female  may have been K9 Inka’s grandmother. Peabody by all accounts seemed “normal”. Heavily tattooed and muscular, he was the affable police lieutenant who, with K9 Inka, was assigned to the Cherokee County School District. As the evidence demonstrated, he was anything but normal. And he’s among a handful of police whose K9 partners have died as a direct result of their callous and irresponsible behaviors. I’ve previously written about K9 Totti  in PA and K9 Bak in OK.  K9 Bak was left in the hot car for over  37 hours without food, water, ventilation;  his handler never once checked on him. Instead, he smelled K9 Bak’s body on the way to work! Yet these are the same individuals we are taught to turn to for help? That their job is to protect us? I wouldn’t trust the care of a houseplant to these irresponsible officers whose negligence causes the deaths of excellent K9 officers in a most excruciating way. Just think about being locked in a hot car and fighting for every  breath until you couldn’t breathe anymore! Very heart wrenching and inexcusable!

 

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The further I dig the more appalled, no make that outraged, I become. Not just with the police but the sick sadistic predators in society who are committing more and more hateful and egregious acts of cruelty against domestic animals. Raping a dog, sodomizing a puppy, strangling kittens with USB cords, stealing and  dismembering a family dog. Is this today’s norm? Has society really disintegrated to the point where people of all ages brutally abuse animals and think its acceptable? Or has it been going on all along but now the burgeoning of  social media brings the horror to our computers and tablets? In a recent case at Baylor University in TX,  Ishmael Zamora was given a 3 game suspension  by the football team after a video appeared online of him beating his young Rottweiler with a belt and kicking him to the point where the dog cried in pain. All because the poor Rottie had a pee accident.

At Missouri State College, yet another football player abused his neighbors dog Luca  whom he was entrusted to watch. Breck Ruddick admitted to “loosing his cool”, striking the 42# dog then allowing him to run away while bleeding. The owner put out an urgent plea on social media and a woman who found the injured and still bleeding dog quickly brought him home. Luca had been struck so hard that his jaw was shattered. Not broken ~ shattered! He required surgery, had 6 teeth removed and received numerous sutures.

In Florida a 20-year-old  UFC student severely abused his 17 week old puppy eventually causing the pups death. Luke Stribling  kicked and punched  his Shibu Inu puppy Julian, also for pee pee accidents. He was ticketed for cruelty in June yet the puppy remained with him until he finally killed him at 17 weeks old!! During the first veterinarian visit (for a broken leg) the vet said Julian had multiple fractures both old and new and that the pup literally shook from severe pain.  She asked Stribling why he didn’t seek medical care earlier for the pain Julian was in; Stribling said he didn’t know. Less than 2 weeks later Stribling  brought the dead puppy to a different vet who notified authorities. Investigators said an autopsy indicated the puppy had suffered severe internal injuries, including a hemorrhaged eye, liver and brain. An innocent puppy, a living sentient being. Tortured and killed for what? Urinating in the student’s apartment? Death at barely  4 months combined with the timeline of his injuries clearly show Julian was abused for most of his life since Stribling got the pup at 8 weeks old.

It takes a very sick and malicious person to do this to any living creature but it’s especially heinous when it’s done to a defenseless animal. Or a K9 officer. Animals look to us for guidance, love, nourishment and safety yet some humans are incapable of rendering the most basic of things.  We have to be their voice for they’re being abused, tortured and killed at an alarming rate. And many by youth who for all intent and purpose represent the leaders of tomorrow. I shudder to think how our country will thrive with evil at the helm.

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As to the title and header picture for this post? It refers to Deputy Tommy Willcox of Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in Alachua County  FL. I’ve been writing and tweeting about him for what seems forever. A brief synopsis about Deputy Willcox. On July 8, 2016 Willcox put his partner K9 Robbie, a 6½-year-old Belgian Malinois, into his squad car at the end of a shift and drove home.  He left K9 Robbie in the car while he went to meet his family at another location. Yes the car was equipped with a safety monitoring system to detect heat but ONLY works if the car is running!  Safety monitoring system aside, how does one “forget” their partner of SIX YEARS? On a day so hot (98) it almost broke a previous record set in 1991? In that type of heat a dog will begin to experience distress in a matter of minutes. K9 Officer Robbie was named after Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller of Oviedo, FL who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. K9 Robbie however was simply murdered by his partner in America after faithfully serving the department for 6 years. Wilcox had another K9, Kozar, that he adopted when the dog retired. In 2008, Wilcox said Kozar was limping and going blind so this Floridian example of toxic waste had his buddy put on a bite sleeve,  engage Kozar in bite work while Wilcox took his weapon and shot Kozar to death. Wilcox said he considered it a humane form of euthanasia and Sheriff Sadie Darnell supported his decision because Wilcox grew up on on a pig farm .  Sheriff Darnell said “Wilcox had killed more than 100 animals – mostly pigs – that same way.”

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Who gets off in any way, shape or form by being cruel to animals? It is one of the most baffling and sickening psychological perversions I’ve ever encountered. I believe that penalties for the mistreatment of animals must be harsher and more strictly enforced. These people don’t belong among us. Some say, “They’re only animals…” Exactly. Abuse an animal, go to jail. For a long time! And Deputy Wilcox was at the top of my list because there was and still is no way I can condone or even undestand his culpability in the death of TWO dogs. So my campaign began. I stated a media firestorm, targeting not only the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Alachua County but all the Florida media, the Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Bureau. Let’s put it like this, if there was a organization I found them. I sent Tweets jointly to the Sheriff’s Office  and the County asking how long before Wilcox killed the next K9? I actually scheduled my tweets to ensure I didn’t forget. Finally on Oct  3, three months after K9 Robbie’s death, Deputy Wilcox was suspended for 6 days without pay and removed from the K-9 unit where he had been the lead trainer. While it won’t bring Robbie back nor give Kozar the end of life treatment he deserved,  it’s a small step forward ~ I’ll take it.

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The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master.
The first to enter where danger lurks.
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner,” not just an animal.

 

3 Day Quote… Challenge #3

3 Day Quote… Challenge #3

So sorry I’m late! All I can say is I have the ISP from another planet. Haven’t even checked email in several days.

I’ve decided to finish with the same theme ~ dogs. The Miracle of Blue ~ the pitbull puppy found with his muzzle taped in the mountains of Maine. In October 2015 he was seen running in the area of the Sunday River Ski Resort and picked up by the animal control officer. She took him to Bethel Animal Hospital which is one of the  phenomenal veterinary practices involved in my German Shepherd’s health care. This story touched me in so many ways. The sadistic subhuman that abused and left a 5-6 month old puppy to die, the fear the puppy must have felt with his mouth tightly taped shut, and his astonishing  recovery. From the moment he was rescued by the ACO, he gave nothing but love and kisses to everyone involved in his road to recovery.  Amazing tale of survival and unconditional love and I think this quote sums up the essence of Blue…
“Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” ~ Jennifer Skiff, The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend

To learn more, please see the links in Challenge 1 or read this wonderful article about Blue and his new life.

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3 Day Quote… Challenge #1

3 Day Quote… Challenge #1

This is my first challenge so bear with me! I was nominated by Samantha Murdoch who has a phenomenal blog. Please take a look!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Post 1 quote each day for 3 days…
  2. Pick a theme for each day but according to someone more experienced at blogging than me ~ not necessary…
  3. Nominate 3 blogs to pick up the challenge and “pay it forward”…
  4. Let your 3 bloggers know by posting on their blogs….Enjoy!!!

My nominees are:

Mayor Hikes

Rachel Mankowitz

Singledust

Day 1 ~ Dogs

 

 

 

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
~ Mark Twain

IMG_0376This is “Blue“, a dog that was found in the woods with his muzzle duct taped, rescued  and treated for a lengthy period of time by one of my fantastic vets, Dr. Gary Steur. You can read more about Blue’s recovery and new home on the veterinary hospitals FB page.

Credit to Rafael Macias Photography for these spectacular photos of Blue…

 

RIP K9 Officer Totti ~ End of Watch…

RIP K9 Officer Totti ~ End of Watch…

Ranting is becoming a nightly ritual it seems but I feel so passionately about this that I must speak. I’ve already initiated a firestorm on Twitter complete with the information for people to Tweet, email or call both the PA Department of Corrections as well as the administrator. I don’t read the news much and rarely watch television so was unaware until a short time ago that yet another irresponsible law enforcement officer left his K9 partner to die in a hot patrol car. K9 Officer Totti, a 2-year-old drug detection dog from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections was left inside the squad car for TWO HOURS while his handler, Sgt.  Chad Holland attended a training session INSIDE the prison. In July. In the heat. How stupid! How abusive! How utterly cruel!

Timeline:
12:15 p.m.- Dog handler stored training items in his vehicle at the end of a training session.
2:44 p.m.- Dog handler realized Totti was locked in the car. Dog handler and other Drug Interdiction Union staff cooled Totti down with water and carefully placed him in ice to reduce body temperature.
2:58 p.m.- Totti was  placed in truck and driven to vet clinic.
4:15 p.m.- Totti’s body temperature was back to normal, but creatine levels were high; blood sugar was low but being treated; heart rate remained elevated
7:30 p.m.- Totti passed away

K9 Totti in all probability died of acute kidney failure.

I am so tired of reading about K9’s being left in a closed patrol car and dying from the heat. 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? Because he forgot? Sgt. Holland wasn’t on a 3-hour foot pursuit; he was inside an air-conditioned correctional facility while Totti died an agonizing death.

Dogs feel heat differently than humans do. They sweat differently too. Dogs sweat by panting and by sweating from their paws. However, a dog trapped in a hot car can’t effectively rid its body of enough of the heat by panting and sweating ~ simply because there’s not enough cool, fresh air to replace the heated, stale air. Therefore, a dog breathing in the warm/hot air for too long will suffer heatstroke …and will die.
In simple terms, heatstroke occurs when a dog loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs don’t sweat all over their bodies the way humans do. Canine body temperature is primarily regulated through respiration (i.e., panting). If a dog’s respiratory tract cannot evacuate heat quickly enough, heatstroke can occur.
The Animal Protection Institute (API) conducted their own study that showed that deadly temperatures can quickly build inside a closed vehicle, even with moderately warm temperatures outside. The study found that even at 9 a.m. with an outside temperature of 82 degrees, the closed automobile registered 109 degrees inside! The API’s study also measured vehicles with cracked windows. With 4 windows cracked, an 88-degree day outside turned into a 103-degree sauna inside the vehicle at 10 a.m. In essence, a death sentence for the dog. This is blatant animal abuse ~ by cop. In 2015 alone there were (12) K9 officer deaths from hot cars. Halfway through 2016 and it appears the US might have even more.
What amazes me, even more, is how the media outlets in PA have circled the wagons around the handler and are not identifying him. I finally got his name from an NY paper

This is beyond sickening. Pets, K9 partners, children ~ all left to die in a hot car. I simply cannot fathom nor wrap my head around it.

Justice for K9 Totti