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Ga. Humane Society Calls for Investigation of Police K-9 Death

October 01, 2012  | 

A former police officer whose canine partner died after being left in a patrol vehicle for three days should be charged with a felony, the Georgia Humane Society said Friday.

The group plans to dig up the remains of the 10-year-old Dutch Shepherd so an investigation can begin, the group’s president told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The dog, Sasha, was found dead Sept. 3 inside the Chevrolet Tahoe belonging to her handler, Lt. T.J. Frye of the Warwick Police Department in South Georgia, according to a Warwick police report. Frye returned home from a three-day trip to find the animal inside the vehicle. He later buried Sasha in his own yard.

“Lt. Frye stated that Sasha must have let herself inside the vehicle over the weekend while he was out of town,” the Warwick police report states.

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Tim @ 10/1/2012 9:01 PM

This is very sad and unfortunate. It's too bad it wasn't some dirtbag criminal that was left for three days in a car and found dead.

Dan @ 10/2/2012 6:28 AM

Yeah, right! I don't buy for a second she let herself in the vehicle. Put the bastard in jail with the other scumbags and a--holes!

Ann @ 10/2/2012 6:35 AM

I don't believe K-9s have been taught yet how to "open squad car doors from outside" and if gone for 3 days, why would Sasha be left out on her own anyway? Lock the "former" Lt. in the car with no food or water for 3 days and see how he manages! (hopefully on a few very hot GA days! Wouldn't have to worry about brain damage - considering he thinks anyone would by his excuse for how Sasha died.) That had to be a horrible way to die when she trusted and protected him while she was alive!

Eric @ 10/2/2012 9:04 AM

our dept bought 2 temperature alarms but never installed them & they sat on a shelf for over 2 years before 2 dogs died from excess heat... @ 10/2/2012 11:03 AM

What a cruel bastard.

bob @ 10/2/2012 11:52 AM

If you buy the story that she could open the door why was the door to a police vehicle left unlocked in the first place. Now ask yourself did the dog also close the door by herself? I have raised three shepherds an each one was very intelligent one could let herself out of the house by herself but I always found the door open after she went out to the yard. This dog was dependent on this Officer and he let her down. I guess that vacation was the only thing on his mind.

Washingtonstate @ 10/5/2012 6:46 PM

While we do not have all of the information, this looks really, really bad for all involved. IF, there is negligence associated with this, I am hoping the home agency steps up and does the right thing....

I. McCowan @ 10/5/2012 8:49 PM

I am not defending this guy AT ALL. But, I have seen a K9 from a neighboring town that can open the door of a Crown Vic and close it behind himself, no joke, weirdest thing. There has to be more to this one tho.

Kathy Ritchie @ 6/16/2015 4:08 PM

Is he delusional? If Sasha opened the door and let herself in the car, did she close the door behind her too? And why couldn't she open the door and let herself out? Preposterous!

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