A family’s dog is dead after he was forgotten inside of an animal control vehicle in Henderson, Nevada. According to Tuesday’s News 3 LV, the nine-year-old Shih-Tzu, “Mr. Chops,” escaped from his owner’s yard on July 28 and was subsequently picked up by a good Samaritan – the person who found the roaming dog took him to an animal hospital, who in turn, contacted the Henderson Animal Control.
Tragedy struck when the animal control officer remembered to call Mr. Chops’ family, but forgot to remove the little dog from the kennel in the animal control vehicle. On the morning of July 29, the body of the small dog was found inside of the car…dead from the excessive heat inside of the vehicle.
On August 1, a family member went to social media and made a post about the devastating incident – the comment reads in part:
This morning, my Dad was visited by the Assistant Chief, Shift Commander and Grievance Counselor of the Henderson County Police Department, because Mr. Chops was left in the back of the city’s Animal Control van over the weekend and as he tried to claw his way out of the vehicle, HE WAS COOKED TO DEATH.
I’m always shocked when I hear of people leaving pets or children in cars, especially when it’s in the sun, but for this to be a licensed professional, employed by the city – it is completely inexcusable.
Following the tragedy, Deputy Police Chief Jeff Stilson has made policy changes to ensure that the fatal oversight never happens again. He stated:
This has never happened in the city of Henderson. We’ve been around since 1953. We average about 4,000 animal intakes per year and over 2300 of them are dogs. If you add that up throughout the years, we’ve never had one like this. This is our first. It’s horrible and we hope this never happens again,”