Sheriff’s deputy charged with recklessly causing the death of K-9 patrol dog

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A sheriff’s deputy in Cache County, Utah has been charged with recklessly causing the death of his K-9 patrol dog after leaving him in an unattended patrol car. On Wednesday, the Cache County attorney’s office announced the charges against Deputy Jason Whittier, the dog’s handler.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, on July 3, Whittier parked his patrol truck at noon in the full sun at his home, and for most of the day, Endy suffered in that vehicle while his handler participated in family activities. When Whittier returned late that night, he saw Endy was not in his kennel and discovered the dog in the vehicle; Endy had died. Sheriff vehicles are equipped with safety features, however the vehicle must be running.

Temperatures on that day reached 95 degrees; a necropsy determined Endy died of heat stroke. Endy, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois had been with the sheriff’s office for a year; he had previously served with the Logan Police Department and had been a law enforcement dog since 2010.

“This tragedy serves as a stark reminder to never leave children or animals alone inside of a car for any amount of time, as temperatures can quickly rise to a deadly level,” Cache County attorney office’s chief deputy Tony Baird stated in the news release.

Whittier, 36, faces aggravated animal cruelty charges – a class B misdemeanor. If found guilty, he could face a maximum penalty of $1,000 and up to six-months in jail. A court appearance is scheduled for August 28.

Rest in peace Endy. Your life ended too soon because of human error and allegedly not following protocol.

(Photo of Endy for sheriff’s deputy charged via Cache County Sheriff’s Department)

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11 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This person deserves the maximum sentence allowed by law and to be fired from the department, he hasn’t got enough brains to serve in the department.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s about time one of these morons is being charged for killing their K-9 partner. I hope he is punished severely, though the maximum penalty of $1,000 and up to six-months in jail is a joke!

    • Darla says:

      I agree….it’s still a joke of a “punishment.” The punishment should fit the crime of what poor Endy endured.

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another piss poor example of a ‘police officer’ whose brains are located where the sun never shines – exactly what rocks to they find these idiots under? Apparently this Jason Whittier doesn’t have the brains to handle ANYTHING – I wouldn’t hire this dumbass to clean my cat litter. The punishment he SHOULD get is for killing a police officer, not the ridiculous paltry six months – AND be fired – in no way is he capable of being a cop anywhere – Cache County Utah MUST be desperate.

  4. Adrienne says:

    How do you leave your “partner” in the car and you get out and forget about him? Punishment should fit the crime.Leave the deputy should be in the car for the same number of hours and his canine partner, then if he survives, go to jail.

  5. Cynthia Como says:

    I’m so happy to hear this,I’m really sick of law enforcement officers getting a free pass for doing this terrible act of cruelty! Happens way too often! I am unhappy with the fact that the charge is only a misdemeanor,we all know what that means…..fine and probation! If this cop can’t be entrusted with a dog how csn he be trusted to the right thing when it comes to his other police duties? So so sad!


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