Leaving a dog cooking in police vehicle a crime

Re: Young dog left overheating in West Shore RCMP vehicle, News, July 13, 2011.

Re: Young dog left overheating in West Shore RCMP vehicle, News, July 13, 2011.

I am writing about the RCMP officer that was locked in the SUV by his human partner.

I am appalled that it is not being treated as a criminal investigation. Just a few months after the law was adjusted concerning animal abuse and neglect. This is a serious issue and should be treated as such.

It is a crime to lock a person against their will in a vehicle or any other place. And it is neglect to lock an animal in somewhere that may possibly cause them harm, such as heat stroke or dehydration.

These dogs cannot speak for themselves, they count on their partners. They are not considered dogs as such or pets, they are considered officers.

I am glad that the SPCA is launching its own investigation, however I have a hard time believing that if they find that it was a criminal offence that the crime will be prosecuted, though it certainly should be.

Being an RCMP officer does not put him above the law does it?

Alicia Petrie



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