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Australian Former Officer Who Caused Death of Police Dog Border Collie Rookie Fined $22K

Thanks to News.com.au for this followup on this horrible case. Follow this link to read the original post. Joshua Peterson fined $22,000 for leaving dog...

Joy  |  Mar 10th 2008


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Thanks to News.com.au for this followup on this horrible case.

Follow this link to read the original post.

Joshua Peterson fined $22,000 for leaving dog to die
By Katelyn John
March 06, 2008

Joshua Peterson forgets about border collie in car
Car reaches 50c, dog tries to dig itself out of cage
Dog dies, Peterson ordered to pay $22k

A MAN who left a dog to die inside a car which got as hot as 50C has been ordered to pay more than $22,000 in fines and costs.

Former corrective services officer Joshua Peterson, 31, of Woongarrah on the New South Wales Central Coast, said he had forgotten Rookie the border collie, who died of heat stroke after being left in the vehicle.

The prison work dog was left in the car parked at the John Morony Correctional Facility near Windsor, northwest of Sydney on March 22 last year.

The court was previously told Rookie would have died in his cage within two hours of being left in the car, as temperatures inside soared to 50C.

Peterson had been asked to get the dog out of the car by two different officers because Rookie’s full-time handler Ellen Forsyth was on crutches but he had forgotten, the court was told.

Photos taken after the dog was found on March 26, and tendered to the court, showed he had tried to dig his way out of his cage.

Peterson was found guilty on December 18 of aggravated cruelty.

Handing down his sentence at Downing Centre Local Court today, Magistrate Glenn Bartley acknowledged Peterson had been in charge of 20 other dogs on March 22, and that he had a previously unblemished record, but said he had “lapsed grievously”.

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