I became aware that a police man in the UK has killed two dogs by leaving them in a car on a hot day.
I think that the policeman should not be given a more gentle treatment by the legal system than a normal person, it is interesting that he killed another dog some years ago by making the same mistake. I would have thought that most people would have learnt something from the death of the first dog which would have changed the way they deal with dogs.
If we look at the UK advice given for how to sentence a first time offender for animal cruelty (page 22) of the following document (http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk/docs/Magistrates_Guidelines_including_update_1__2__3_4_web.pdf) then we will see that we are dealing with a serious case.
For the aggravating features we can tick five boxes,
A policeman who is a dog handler is an offender in a position of special responsibility, the animals were kept for his livelihood and he has ignored a warning which took the form of the death of another dog some years ago plus countless public information adverts. The crime has caused a greater degree of harm, he has harmed two dogs and the dogs died.
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