PHOENIX — Prosecutors declined to file animal cruelty charges against the
handler of an Arizona Department of Corrections service dog that died after
being left in a vehicle for seven hours.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that prosecutors who
reviewed the case concluded there wasn’t a reasonable likelihood of winning a
The dog named Ike died April 9 at the state prison in Buckeye.
The 7-year-old dog was found dead in the back of the
handler’s unattended SUV that after he left work early to care for his
The dog was inside the vehicle as the outside
temperature reached 98 degrees.
The Department of Corrections used dogs for various reasons, including tracking
escapees and sniffing out contraband.