A former Pennsylvania corrections officer convicted of animal cruelty charges in connection with the death of his K-9 partner last summer has been sentenced to two days in jail at the Centre County Correctional Facility. According to the Merced Sun Star, Chad Holland, 40, was found guilty following a bench trial Wednesday in connection with the death of two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever K-9 Officer Totti.
Holland left Totti unattended in a car after training exercises on the morning of July 7th at the Rockview State Prison. When he returned three hours later to his vehicle, with its windows and doors closed, Totti was found unresponsive and died later that day. Temperatures were reported to have been over 85 degrees.
According to Holland, the training began early in the day. He unloaded narcotic training aids from his vehicle at about noon and left Totti in the vehicle. He stated he had taken a phone call while unloading his car and had entered a building and did not return for the dog to put him in the kennel. Totti was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, but died after having a seizure.
Besides the two-days in jail, District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker also fined Holland $300.
Rest in peace Totti.
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