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Death of dogs left in hot car not a criminal offense

A Florida police officer who left two K-9 dogs to die in a hot car will not face criminal charges for his actions. The case has led to a great deal of outrage in the community, as many people struggle to understand how such a horrific error could be made. To further complicate matters, many similar cases do result in criminal offense charges, leading some to claim that the police officer has not been held to the same standards that others are expected to meet.

The incident took place in May when the police officer parked his patrol car in front of his South Florida home. The officer went inside to take a nap, and forgot that the animals were in the vehicle. When the temperature inside the car rose, the animals were not able to survive the conditions.

In making the decision not to file criminal charges against the officer, The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office issued a statement. Specifically, the reason behind the decision was that the officer did not act with any form of intent. There was no active decision to leave the animals within the confines of a hot car during a South Florida summer day; it was simply a mistake.

While many in Florida continue to debate the matter, the case will set an important legal precedent. The manner in which similar animal deaths has been handled varies across the nation. For a pet owner that truly makes such a horrific and devastating error, this case may help avoid a conviction on animal abuse criminal offense charges.

Source: photographyisnotacrime.com, "South Florida Cop Who Left Police Dogs to Die in Heated Car Won't be Charged", Carlos Miller, Sept. 8, 2015

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