New Castle cop who left dog to die in hot cruiser to have hearing July 20

Staff report

new castle, pa.

A date has been set for a hearing to determine the fate of a police-dog handler whose dog died after being in a hot cruiser.

City council will meet at 5:15 p.m. July 20 in council’s chambers at the city building to decide whether Officer James Hoyland should be fired.

Hoyland handled Chico, a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd. The dog died June 4 after Hoyland left him in the back of his K-9 cruiser at 4 p.m. while he took another vehicle to an extra housing project shift. When he came back to the police station to start his regular shift nearly four hours later, he found Chico unresponsive in the back of the crusier. The dog died despite emergency vet care.

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