Chandler Police Officer Arrested in the Death of a Police Dog - Tucson News Now

Chandler Police Officer Arrested in the Death of a Police Dog

Stephanie Johnson, KOLD News Producer

In the wake of a memorial for a DPS police dog who died here in Tucson, authorities in Chandler, Arizona have a similar case on their hands.

Authorities have arrested a Chandler police officer in the death of a police dog that was left in a hot patrol car for more than twelve hours.  Chandler police Sergeant Tom Lovejoy was booked into Maricopa County jail in Phoenix on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the death of five-year-old Belgian Malinois "Bandit."

The sheriff's investigation shows Bandit was in Lovejoy's patrol car from about nine in the morning to a little after ten in the evening on August 11th.

During that time, the investigation found that Lovejoy ran errands for his wife, napped for a short time and later ate out with his wife. Later on, Lovejoy found "Bandit" dead in his patrol car.  Lovejoy could face up to six months in jail and a 12 hundred dollar fine if he is convicted.

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