Target: Michael Blonigen, Natrona County District Attorney
Goal: Demand the maximum punishment for the police officer who left a police dog in a hot patrol car on a summer day
It is widely known that leaving a dog locked in a car on a warm day is extremely dangerous and can quickly lead to heatstroke and death. Police officers should be familiar with the risks of this illegal act because concerned animal lovers are encouraged to contact their local police if they ever spot a dog in this dangerous situation. However, a police officer in Wyoming recently left his dog to die in his patrol car.
Mills Police Department Officer Zachary Miller recently pleaded “not guilty” to animal cruelty charges after the needless death of a drug-sniffing police dog named Nyx. Miller reportedly left Nyx locked in his patrol car with the windows rolled up for six hours in sweltering July temperatures. Sadly, Nyx didn’t survive. As a police officer, Miller should have known better because leaving a dog in a hot car is a crime, and police are usually the first ones contacted when concerned passersby spot a dog in such a situation.
“On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes,” according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The alarming rate that temperatures can rise inside parked cars clearly show that it is unsafe to leave a dog in a car even for a few minutes, but Miller knowingly left Nyx for six hours. In those temperatures, dogs and other animals can sustain brain damage or die from heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes.
Miller was entrusted with the life of an innocent animal, and he betrayed that trust by allowing Nyx to needlessly suffer and die. If convicted of the charges, Miller could be sentenced with up to six months in jail and a fine of $750. Urge the district attorney prosecuting the case to ensure justice for Nyx and seek the maximum punishment.
To the Honorable Michael Blonigen,
A Wyoming police officer recently made the decision to leave a police dog locked in his patrol car for six hours on a hot July day. Sadly, the dog did not survive and the officer is facing misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.
It is widely known among the general public that leaving a dog locked in a car on a warm day is extremely dangerous, and police officers should understand this better than most because they are usually the ones to respond to such a situation. However, Mills Police Department Officer Zachary Miller recently pleaded “not guilty” to charges of animal cruelty after the needless death of a drug-sniffing police dog named Nyx.
As an animal welfare advocate, I believe it is vital that Miller receive the maximum punishment if convicted. The lives of too many innocent animals are being needlessly lost as a result of the negligent actions of humans, and the ones responsible should face the consequences of their actions. I urge you to ensure justice for Nyx and help prevent other dogs from suffering the same fate by seeking the maximum punishment in Miller’s upcoming trial.
[Your Name Here]
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