Two Police Dogs Die After Cop Forgets Them in Truck, “Entire Department Mourning”

Jean Strong |

In Hialeah, Florida, two police dogs are dead after their handler left them locked in his patrol SUV for approximately nine hours.

Six years ago Officer Nelson Enriquez was teamed up with a bloodhound named Jimmy.

The dog lived in his home with his wife and two children.

Enriquez trained Jimmy, fed him and cared for him, taking him to work each day.

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Hialeah police said that the day Jimmy was adopted was “one of the best days in Hialeah police history.”

Enriquez also cared for a Belgian Malinois named Hector. On the morning of Wednesday the 27th, Enriquez finished his shift, went home with the dogs in the back cabin of the Ford Explorer SUV and entered his home without them, leaving them locked in the vehicle.

Nine hours later he called Davie, Florida police to report the death of the dogs. So what happened during those nine hours? How did nobody notice the dogs were missing? Did they not realize they hadn’t been fed, or taken out to go to the bathroom?

According to the Miami Herald, the Hialeah police would not give an exact time frame, they said that Enriquez’s shift ended at 7 a.m. and that he was home by “mid-morning”.

They say the dogs were in the car for four or five hours in the Florida sun. They have not released any further details regarding the length of time the dogs suffered.

Enriquez has been on K9 patrol for seven years. He has been suspended with pay while police investigate.

Both Davie and Hialeah police are running individual investigations. The Hialeah police are focusing on the sadness of losing two of their dogs.

Police Sargeant Carl Zogby said “The entire Hialeah Police Department is in mourning, We have lost two beloved members of our family. They were a three-member team.” He said that Enriquez is extremely distraught.

The dogs will be honored as all cops are. The city’s Honor Guard escorted their bodies from the veterinarian’s office to a laboratory at the University of Florida where necropsies will be performed. When the dogs are returned to the cops, they will receive a full memorial service.

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According to Zogby, Enriquez, Jimmy and Hector worked from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

He said that their end of shift was delayed several hours because Jimmy was needed to help in the search for an elderly person after Enriquez’s shift ended.

He couldn’t explain why the dogs were left in the car or why Enriquez didn’t call the Davie police until almost seven o’clock. He also claimed that he believed that nobody else was home at the Enriquez residence.

Cops are rarely charged with a crime in the deaths of their K9 partners. To list just a few, in 2014 a North Carolina deputy left a police dog in his patrol car overnight and it died. He was not charged.

In Ohio, a Montville Township Police Department officer left his dog in his patrol car for four hours and it died of heatstroke. In Mississippi a police dog was found dead in its handler’s car. His handler was reassigned. Georgia, Wyoming, Iowa and Texas also had dogs killed by being left in cars.

Miami-Dade police Sgt. Allen Cockfield killed his dog by kicking it during a training session in 2007. In March of 2008 Miami cop Rondal Brown starved his bloodhound, Dynasty, to death. He served probation.

Both Dynasty and Jimmy were donated to the department by the Jimmy Ryce Center a charity named after a child who was abucted and murdered in Florida in 1995. Jimmy Ryce’s father became an advocate in helping police find missing children.

The K9 Jimmy was primarily trained in search and discovery. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of two remarkable police dogs,” Ryce said. “Our mission is stronger than ever and with the public’s help we hope to be able to raise funds to replace these dogs.”

Mr. Ryce, may I suggest you not do that? Florida doesn’t exactly have a stellar record when it comes to taking care of their police dogs.

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Author Bio: Jean is an advocate for accountability for all lawless actions by cops and civilians. She lives in Alaska with her dogs of uncertain heritage and an occasional cat or two.

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  • Deb

    Law enforcement dogs are considered officers – human. If anything happens to an officers dog, even if by accident or trying to save your own life during an attack, the civilian will be charged with murder. If a parent accidentally leaves a child in a car and something bad happens, they are charged with murder. If one of us leaves our animals in situations where they could die, we are charged. If an officer by negligence kills the dog, which is considered an officer by law, the department mourns the mistake and life goes on. So glad life goes on for them, many in our country are not so lucky.

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    • Haven Lee Angelus

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    • Gary Williams Jr.

      I was going to say the same thing

  • Rachel Eclipse

    Ummm… I don’t want taxes paying for another dog for this man…

  • Dale Ford

    How many “civilians” has been convicted of felonies for letting the same thing happen to a normal animal ? Not to mention the penalty for injuring or killing a police k-9.

  • Linda Walker

    How can someone be that neglectful as to not miss his dogs for 9 hours? He should be held legally responsible for animal cruelty. GOD knows if you or i did this we would be serving jail time and or heavy fines.

    • Mr. Wrestling III

      Not trying to defend a damn cop but I can see what happened. His shift ended at 7am. He went home. His wife and kids were at work/school. He went to sleep and simply forgot. He should be charged with negligent homicide of a police officer according to the law but that won’t happen. As much as I hate to see dogs suffer death like this, I wish nobody was charged for things like this. It’s very sad but it’s also an accident. You come home tired, forget for 2 mins., fall asleep and nobody is around to notice. Whenever ANYONE makes a tragic mistake like this, they are punished but the worst punishment will come from guilt.

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  • SL Abrin

    Simple explanation. Cop was either high or drunk. Other question is why none of the other family members asked as to the whereabouts of the dogs.

  • Kelly Tharp

    good. riddance you miserable flea-bitten mutts
    you have been sicked on your last human being.lets hope the stupid pig locks himself in the car next.

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    morons killing dogs…smh

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  • troy

    publics help to raise money for new dogs? what?? you don’t have enough of our fucking money?!?!?! more unlawful speed traps, traffic stops and possible shootings of unarmed citizens. What the fuck are they investigating? it would take a cop 5 seconds to arrest me if I did that to my dogs.

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  • Garnette

    Loved so much they were a part of the family yada yada yada…. then leave them to suffer and die without a thought as to where they were??? I hope this idiot doesn’t have any kids. Should be charged.

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  • Jonathan Mckeever

    How could you be a K9 handler for 7 years, and “forget” that your dogs are in the car? How fucking stupid do you have to be? Oh yeah, I almost forgot, ALL pigs are fucking stupid!