Target: Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velazquez
Goal: Punish officer accused of leaving his dogs to die in his hot car.
Two K-9 officers died in the back of an SUV after allegedly being left for nine hours in the midday Florida heat. The two dogs, a bloodhound named Jimmy and a Belgian Malinois named Hector, were important and valued members of the Hialeah Police. Their handler, Nelson Enriquez, had been working with them for years and kept them in his home with his family where they spent their off time as his pets.
After one of his night shifts with the two dogs, Enriquez reportedly entered his home and left Hector and Jimmy in the back of his SUV. Nine hours later he returned to the car and found the two police dogs dead. After he reported what had happened to his dogs he was put on paid leave during the investigation. This is not a reasonable punishment for his crime.
Enriquez should not be receiving payment during the investigation and should be removed from the police force and charged with animal neglect. These dogs’ well being and lives were entrusted to him by his department and these two animals believed in his ability to care for them properly. Enriquez failed and his dogs paid the price.
These two dogs suffered in a boiling hot car well he was only a few feet away in his house and Enriquez has offered no reason for why he didn’t bring them inside. Remind people that no one should be allowed to get away with this kind of neglect, especially not a trained canine police handler.
Dear Chief Velazquez,
Due to negligence from one of your officers two of your K-9 police members allegedly suffered terribly in the back of their handler’s vehicle. Nelson Enriquez was a trained and certified member of the canine unit who has no excuse for leaving his companions alone in a hot car for nine hours when he was home. He should not be receiving pay while this case of animal neglect is being investigated or be allowed to return to the police force.
These dogs were valuable members of your police force and his alleged negligence cost the department two officers and these two dogs their lives. Enriquez should not be allowed to get away with directly causing their deaths. Dogs should not have to die in hot cars, especially not at the hands of police officers trusted to care for them. People should know that those who leave their animals to suffer in such circumstances will be punished, even if they are officers.
[Your Name Here]
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