Thursday , October 12, 2017 - 4:30 AM1 comment
It’s fall in Northern Utah. The nights dip into the low 30s and the trees shimmer in red, orange and yellow.
Summer seems like a long time ago. Until you remember Endy.
Endy joined the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. Prior to that, he worked for the Logan Police Department.
Endy was a Belgian Malinois. A drug dog.
He died July 3 after his handler, Deputy Jason Whittier, left him in a hot truck for more than 11 hours.
Whittier pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to aggravated animal cruelty, a Class B misdemeanor. He faces the possibility of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Sheriff Chad Jensen fired Whittier in August, KSL reported, shortly after the county prosecutor charged him in Endy’s death. His sentencing is scheduled Nov. 13.
Endy died a painful and preventable death.
July 3 was hot. The temperature in Logan hit 95.
When his shift ended around noon, Whittier parked his patrol truck in front of his house and left for a family party.
He left Endy in the truck. In the sun.
Whittier didn’t remember Endy until almost midnight. By that time, the dog was dead.
An autopsy found that he died of heat stroke.
During a heat stroke, a dog becomes agitated and begins drooling. But that’s just the start.
“As exposure to excessive heat goes on, the dog's condition worsens and includes signs of shock: pale mucous membranes, high heart rate, and a drop in blood pressure,” Steve Pessah reports on akc.org. “The animal hyperventilates, and dehydration becomes more severe. Pupils dilate, the pulse becomes more irregular, and the dog has muscle tremors; he may collapse and become comatose.”
Endy didn’t deserve to die alone in a broiling vehicle. But then, no animal does.
Early each summer, when temperatures begin to climb, animal advocacy groups put out bulletins about the danger of leaving dogs in hot cars. News outlets repeat the warning. So do people on social media.
And every summer, animals continue to die of heatstroke when they’re left in cars. Even more horrifying, so do small children.
Remember what happened to Endy. Perhaps next year, it will save an innocent life.
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