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
Craven reportedly jumped out of a colleague's vehicle after learning that the dogs had died.   (Shutterstock)

(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.

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schmidtkoff
Jun 28, 2011 7:59 PM CDT
here in south carolina the temps have been 90 degrees plus. 70's overnight. if i have errands or shopping to do i do it at 8 in the morning. this past saturday i adopted a little 4lb. chi/papillion mix. monday found me on the way to my vet to get him into their system. air conditioning in the car all the way. constantly worrying of his safety. hyper vigilant. always thinking of his comfort and safety. i had a lot of errands to run. not once did i ever, ever forget that little dog in my car. not once. i read stories locally all the time of mothers, fathers who go off in their autos with their children and then forget that said children are in their car. shut the engine down. take the key out of the ignition and go about their business. what the hell is that about? what exactly is that about? how could a parent do that? how? please, someone tell me. i don't have kid. i have dogs who are my kids. i treat them like fragile beings that i am in charge of . their safety and well-being. am i missing something here?
Animal_lady
Jun 28, 2011 7:36 PM CDT
This is deppressing. I love animals. I would have a heart attack if so,ething happened to my pets. It is animal cruelty leaving animals in a hot car on a hot day. People should know that. Animals are like kids. I call my cats and dog my children. It makes me sad thinking about animals that die due to people just leaving them to suffer.
Count-Spatula
Jun 28, 2011 6:56 PM CDT
What is he.. another British drunk? Here comes Lieutenant Putz in the fail-mobile.