Officer charged after police dog’s heatstroke death

Sgt. Brett Harrison charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty

This undated photo provided by the Montville Police Department shows Beny. Authorities in northeast Ohio say Beny, a police dog, died from heatstroke after being left in a police cruiser for more than four hours last month. Police in Montville Township near Medina, Ohio say the police dog died on Sept. 28. A statement from the Montville Police Department says Sgt. Brett Harrison left the dog in a cruiser in the station parking lot from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cruiser was off and the windows were closed. (AP Photo/Montville Township Police Department)

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio police officer has been charged with animal cruelty after a police dog died from heatstroke in his cruiser.

Sgt. Brett Harrison of the Montville Township Police Department near Medina was charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty Friday.

Police say the two-year-old German shepherd, Beny, died Sept. 28 after Harrison left him in a cruiser in the station parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cruiser was off and the windows were closed.

Harrison previously issued a statement expressing his “deepest apology” to Montville Township and to his “partner, friend and loving family member Beny.” He received a two-week unpaid suspension and lost 40 hours of vacation in connection with the death.

No attorney is listed for him.

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