Sergeant Tom Lovejoy, a Chandler police officer pleaded not guilty today in the death of his police dog, Bandit. The five-year-old Belgian Malinois died after he was left in a hot patrol car for more than twelve hours.
Lovejoy did not appear in court, but his attorney entered the not guilty plea on his behalf. His parents, police officers, and other supports were present.
If convicted, Lovejoy faces up to six months in jail, more than $1,000 in fines, probation and prohibition from owning another animal.
Chandler police officers are conducting an internal investigation to determine if Lovejoy violated any department policies on the day Bandit died.
Source: East Valley Tribune
Photo: Associated Press