• Sebastian K-9 handler faces animal cruelty charge in dog's hot-car death

    By: WFTV Web Staff

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    MELBOURNE, Fla. - An investigation into the death of a K-9 officer in the Sebastian Police Department has led to a criminal charge.

    The K-9’s handler reported finding the dog, Diesel, dead in the back of a patrol vehicle outside the handler's Melbourne home.

    Read: K-9 dies after being left in Sebastian officer's vehicle outside Melbourne home, police say

    The Melbourne Police Department investigated and recommended a charge of animal cruelty.

    The case was sent to the state attorney’s office.

    Diesel had been part of the Sebastian Police Department for about a year.

    Investigators are trying to figure out what led up to the death of a K-9 inside a hot Sebastian police vehicle Friday, the Melbourne Police Department said.
    Sebastian Police Department

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