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Video: Wyoming K-9 Handler Facing Charges in Dog's Death

August 25, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Wyoming K-9 Handler Facing Charges in Dog's Death

A Mills Police officer is accused of leaving his K-9 dog in a police vehicle for over 6 hours with no air conditioning, ventilation, or water. As a result of those six hours in the heat, the animal was found dead in the patrol vehicle.

According to an affidavit obtained by KCWY from Natrona County Circuit Court, the dog was K-9 Nyx and he was in the custody of Officer Zachary Lee Miller of the Mills Police Department.

A Division of Criminal Investigations officer looked into the incident and describes video footage that shows Nyx being left in the patrol vehicle with the windows up shortly before 6 A.M. on July 9th and Officer Miller not returning to the vehicle until shortly after noon when he found Nyx dead in the back of the car.

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Jill @ 8/25/2014 8:57 AM

The guy that shot a police dog here a while back and got changed with killing a cop for it, would love to here what punishment this officer gets for "murdering a fellow officer". At the least maybe a fine? He did just bake thousands of dollars in training. This is so sad. If a civilian had done this, they would be vilified in the media 10 times over. This horrible excuse foe a human being, let alone an officer of the law, needs real consequences!

All K9s @ 8/25/2014 12:52 PM

I agree with Jill. He should be charged with murder. The K9s are officers and have badges to prove it. With K9s, you get two officers instead of one. Would he have forgotten his kid in the car or another officer? Doesn't need to be near an animal. Give me 5 minutes with this guy in a locked room.

TheRookie @ 8/25/2014 2:55 PM

Tried checking on this department. Their website leaves you with no option(s) to contact them except a phone number. What I found was minute. They have went through Chiefs like small towns do. Either the current Chief or Town Reps don't allow Police Dogs/K-9's in their agency and/or city buildings. What??? That's retarded on its own merit(s). Why do you have a K-9 Unit if that's the case? What choice are you left when you have to go into Communications, Request to stop back at HQ's, or any other official L.E. business. I'm sure if he left the Patrol Vehicle running he'd have been in violation, also.Was he supposed to take the K-9 home every time? Departments & City's like this I am glad to not have had to work for in my career. I'm really sure he said to himself inside, "I'm going to leave "Fido" in my Patrol Vehicle so he dies." That's the way they make it sound which makes me sick to my stomach. Small town politics at its lowest.

Mitch @ 8/25/2014 4:55 PM

What you do rookie is you grow a pair and either leave the vehicle running with the ac on (this is legal in Wyoming). Or you advise command that you are a K-9 unit and you must care for your charge. If he was waiting to testify he should have had enough commonsense to leave the dog at home. If he had zero choice (which I doubt) he calls animal control to take charge of the animal.

mike @ 8/26/2014 4:59 AM

...must have been on his union demanded 6 hour donut break...the cop should be changed and convicted of FELONY animal abuse...o'h I forgot, cops are ABOVE the law that is forced upon the public slaves... cops intimadtae and harass they do not protect and serve...

Canis Maximus @ 8/26/2014 5:37 PM

The death of this fellow officer is not only outrageous, but the laconic and cavalier attitude of the Mills Police Department is just as bad. With all the press issues regarding children and pets being left in cars to die from heat prostration, " Officer" Zachary Lee Miller and I use the term "Officer" here loosely, should have know better. What is wrong with this guy is he on drugs or something. Now this jerk might do some jail time and to add insult to injury, he could come back to work for the PD. What kind of a clown convention are they running over there in Mills Wyoming anyway? By the way if I had a canine partner he would have been at my side, always, You don't leave your partner alone, ever! What a bunch of JERKS!

TheRookie @ 8/26/2014 9:30 PM

I've done had a pair, let them aged, & retired. So don't blow your new style of PC L.E. crap at me. It's a bad deal all around, but when you approve a K-9 Unit in any agency & then make it a policy to not allow the Partner inside the Police Dept. and/or City buildings that's just plain stupid & incompetent. I've watched good Officers drown in the politics of these Mayberry RFD type of Departments. And your K-9 is your partner not some piece of equipment and/or your CHARGE.
Good for you in Wyoming. The whole state isn't as big as the Denver & Metro-Area I retired from. Maybe Wyoming L.E. should climb out from under their cave rocks.

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