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

Published: Sun, July 10, 2011 @ 11:57 a.m.

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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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1USNBOY(76 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

A HEARING? HE LEFT HIS PARTNER IN THE CAR TO DIE! As far as I'm concerned, that is above city counsel's heads. What he did was NEGLEGENT HOMICIDE! There should be absolutely NO decision whether he should be put on unpaid leave or terminated. HE TERMINATED HIS PARTNERS LIFE! He should be terminated and sent to prison just like any other John Q. Public. I thought there was a zero tolerance for killing cops? They should fly him to AZ and lock him in a car in a junk yard until HE DIES the same way Chico died. I smell BS and a cover up coming down the line!

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2musicman77(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree USNBOY.... FRY his ass!

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3jussaying60(8 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

what worries me most about this situation is where was this police officers brain???If his thought process can't get to the point that a dog in a car in the heat is a definite fail, what else can't he process??If I were a human partner given to this person, I'd have to think long and hard about serving the community with him.

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4RngrAbn1019(2 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Hoyland should be terminated. The lack of concern for his partner, makes you question his overall professional demeanor. Who allowed this to happen? Where was the vehicle, it was secured at the departments lot, as he signed out another vehicle to go to the side job. Who was the OIC at the time of this tragedy? Who knew Chico was locked in a vehicle without proper care, surely others passed by Chico? It appears the New Castle Police Department is failing all around.
Had this been on my watch, more than Hoyland would be looking for another career.

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5bikerchik(2 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

WOW, Just another good reason to disrespect law enforcement. Come on Martial Law!!!!!

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6stewie(109 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

He should be fired , fined , and thrown in jail !
It's no different than leaving small child in the car unattended! He deserves the max.

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7Bplus(103 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

As a libertarian, nihilist, and police hater, it tickles me when cops screw up. However, I do love animals very much, and this is so sad. That poor dog...Anyways, here's how I see it. They consider these dogs "cops", if an assailant shot this dog and it died, he could get into some real serious trouble. However, since another cop was negligent (and probably thinking about ways to enhance his dong size and/or how to minimize the size of the chip on his shoulder ), his troubles will probably be minimal. They say the law protects criminals, but I beg to differ. The law protects those who enforce it, and it needs to stop. This may seem like a small event, but overall it was PURE neglect and stupidity. If a cop forgets that he has a living, breathing animal in his car, what else has he forgotten? What else is he bound to forget and/or neglect? Fire him. No need for legal pinball...here's a solution...FIRE this idiot.

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8Bplus(103 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

@Detailbizz..I agree with the point you are trying to make ,but for the love of God start using spell check or something. Reading your words is like chewing tin foil. Eek. Also, take your Caps Lock off too. What a train wreck of a paragraph.

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9bmanresident(607 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

If I remember a story on this a while back, wasn't there some sort of airconditioning unit used for this type of situation, such as leaving the dog in a car, and that unit failed. If it is a mechanical failure, and the cop did in fact follow protocol, then a stint in jail is uncalled for

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10CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The a/c was left on for the dog and the car was equipped with a system to open the windows and both FAILED. The cop isn't totally at fault here.

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