Belgian Malinois Death Case Haunts Former Police Sergeant

July 29th, 2010 - 7:21 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
belgian_malinois_01July 29, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Allen Cockfield who used to be a Miami-Dade police sergeant is facing trial for a police dog whom he allegedly killed while training him a few years back. The Belgian Malinois was named Duke and he collapsed after the rigorous training session and died. The former cop has been slapped with charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty as well as a felony for allegedly killing a police dog. If his crime is proved by the prosecution attorney the ex cop may be imprisoned. He may also lose his police certification as per the law.

The ex cop was arrested by the internal affairs unit of Miami-Dades Police Department after a one year long investigation. He had a record of spending over two decades as a dog trainer with the department but was fired after the death of Duke and the subsequent investigation. Isis Perez the Assistant State Attorney lashed out at the former sergeant and said the manner he dealt with the dog was abominable. Isis Perez said that Duke was an energetic and loveable dog and the sergeant mercilessly kicked him to his death. The kicks he gave to the dog allegedly led to the failure of his heart.

The Assistant State Attorney also said that the former sergeant used a choke collar to yank up the canine and kicked him several times. The dog subsequently gave out a shriek and fell to his death. The incident was testified by a colleague of the sergeant. The lawyer of Allen Cockfield however tried to defend his client and said that the dog was behaving rater aggressively during the time.

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