Nyx, a black Labrador Retriever, was one of the best narcotics dogs in the Wyoming Law Enforcement Agency.
The Lab died from heat stroke on July 9. He had been locked inside a patrol car parked outside the Mills Police Department station. The poor Lab was trapped for about five hours as the temperature rose from 53 to 86 degrees.
Officer Zachary Miller, the dog’s handler, is has been charged with a misdeaneaor – animal cruelty.
At about 5:30 a.m. on July 9, Miller had just returned to the station from an early morning welfare check and left Nyx behind in his squad car– all window rolled up and the doors locked.
Miller didn’t check on the Lab until nearly 1 in the afternoon, when he found the Lab dead in the back of the car.
Nyx, who had been with the agency for about seven years, had succumbed to the scorching heat.
“It was a mistake he’s going to have to pay for,” Mills Police Chief Bryon Preciado told the Casper Star-Tribune.
Miller pleaded not guilty in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday and was released on a $500 bond.
The agency intends to discipline Miller but he remains employed by the police department.
According to the police chief, this is Miller’s first disciplinary action.
If convicted, Miller faces six months in jail or a $750 fine.
What a small price to pay for the death of a the awesome, hard-working Lab!
Source: NY Daily News