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Cop Attempts Suicide After Dogs Die in Hot Car

Brit handler forgot about dogs as temperatures soared

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 28, 2011 12:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – One of the most experienced police dog trainers in Britain slashed his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt after accidentally leaving two dogs to roast to death in a locked car on one of the hottest days of the year. Sergeant Ian Craven didn't remember leaving the dogs, a working Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd puppy, until hours after he exited the dog training center to work at a different site, the Daily Mail reports.

Staff at the center smashed the vehicle's windows and doused the dogs in water after receiving a phone call from Craven, but it was too late to save them. Craven fled in a colleague's vehicle after learning that the dogs had died and was hospitalized after being found with his wrists cut. The sergeant, who was disciplined over the death of a spaniel he left in a vehicle in 2004, may face prosecution for animal cruelty.

Craven reportedly jumped out of a colleague's vehicle after learning that the dogs had died.
Craven reportedly jumped out of a colleague's vehicle after learning that the dogs had died.   (Shutterstock)
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The suffering those dogs went through is too unbearable to think about ... We tried so so hard, but it was too long, the damage had been done. What a bloody awful way to die. - Kennel assistant Tina Dale

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