K9 Dies from Heat Stroke After Being Left in Police Cruiser for Hours

Officer loses vacation time for killing fellow officer.


Image Credits: Montville Police Department
A K9 officer with the Montville Police Department died late last month after being left in a police cruiser for several hours.

The K9, known as Beny, suffered a fatal heat stroke after Sgt. Bret Harrison left the officer in a backseat kennel for more than four hours without air conditioning or water.

Reports indicate that Harrison parked his vehicle outside the police department at 10:54 a.m. on Sept. 28 before finding Beny motionless at 3:13 p.m.

Montville Police Chief Terry Grice issued a short press release regarding the incident shortly after.

“This is a loss that words cannot describe, and it is very difficult for everyone involved. There is no doubt that this loss will have a lasting impact on Sgt. Harrison and our entire department. Sgt. Harrison cared deeply about Beny. He worked with him 40+ hours a week and Beny lived with Sgt. Harrison and his family when the two were off duty. Sgt. Harrison is overwhelmed with grief, and is taking this loss very hard.”

“While we work through this tragedy, the Montville Police Department remains committed to continuing our K9 program. We are committed to protecting our community through the use of police K9′s. We are also committed to reviewing training and equipment options that are available to improve the safety conditions for the K9.”

According to Montville police, Harrison has received a two-week unpaid suspension as well as the loss of a week’s vacation time for the death of Beny.

While the incident has undoubtedly affected the department in a negative way, local residents feel the case represents a clear double standard.

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