For more info, I did a Google search w/ police dog kansas. Here is URL to my results... http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ed...G=Search+News.
Two news reports basically say (and don't say) the same thing... Neither explains what the human officer was doing during that hour, only that he was at a canine center. Which, IMHO, begs the question "Why didn't the human take Hondo, the dog, into the center w/ him?"
That nothing is being said as to the human officer's activities during that hour tends to raise more questions...
Story also relates that the human collided w/ another car while rushing his canine partner to the emergency vet, w/ both other driver and officer sustaining injuries. By the grace of God, no one (human) was seriously hurt or killed. Police dog or not, is a dog's life worth the risk of a vehicle accident inherent in rolling a high-speed 'Code Three' (lights & siren)? Sorry, I don't think so. I love my dog Stryker almost as much as my sons, but his life is not worth a human life. (Though I might trade it for my mother-in-law's... hmmm. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img])
The news reports do not report sufficient info to make a well-considered opinion. I DO want to know what that human was doing for 60 minutes (was time minimized?) while his partner was dying outside.
Around these parts, civilians get arrested for animal neglect and cruelty for like occurances. I agree w/ above comments that LE should be held to at least that minimum standard. And, gross or simple negligence (IMHO there was at least some), the officer ought to have the cost of the K-9 officer and his training docked from his pay... and restricted from having another K-9 partner for a reasonable period of time... 5 years?
I'm former law enforcement and most all my best friends are cops... but this incident demands some close scrutiny/investigation. My gut tells me the human was goofing off during this supposed hour.
One more thing, don't give me any nonsense about depending/relying on some manmade, mechanical contraption that's supposed to 'look out' for your partner's welfare. Partners
look out personally
for their respective partner!!! No ifs, ands or buts about it!
Let's see what happens and what further info is forthcoming...