Two counts of companion animal cruelty filed against officer after death of K9

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MONTVILLE TWP.- Two counts of companion animal cruelty have been filed against Montville Township police officer Sgt. Brett Harrison.

Prosecutor Jeff Holland authorized a Medina County SPCA humane agent to file the counts in Medina Municipal Court.  The counts are second-degree misdemeanors.

The township’s police dog Beny died from heat stroke after Sgt. Brett Harrison left the dog in a police cruiser for more than four hours.

Police say Harrison didn’t leave the windows open and the cruiser was turned off; the temperature at the time Harrison arrived at the station was 69 degrees and it was 79 degrees when the dog was discovered.

Harrison received a two-week unpaid suspension and lost 40 hours of vacation.

The officer expressed his deepest apologies and grief over the loss of Beny.

Montville Township police purchased a temperature control system in an effort to prevent another police dog from dying.

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