MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A municipal court judge has ordered a northeast Ohio police officer to pay a $500 fine after finding him guilty of animal cruelty for allowing a police dog to die of heatstroke in the back of a cruiser.
Following a bench trial Wednesday, Montville Township police Sgt. Brett Harrison was found guilty of one count of companion animal cruelty but not guilty of a second count. Harrison had pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges.
Police say the two-year-old German shepherd named Beny died Sept. 28 after Harrison left him in a cruiser in the station parking lot for four hours with the car off and windows rolled up.
Harrison said he thought he left the air-conditioner on. He previously issued an apology to the community for the dog’s death.
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