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Not guilty plea entered by officer accused of leaving K9 to die in hot car

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According to Friday's publication of the New York Daily News, a Mills, Wyoming, police officer who is accused of leaving a working police canine in a parked patrol car for six hours with no ventilation or cooling system, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty following the dog's death.

Officer Zachary Miller, a four-year veteran with the department, is facing the misdemeanor charge following the death of his canine partner, "Nyx," a senior black Labrador retriever; the dog died earlier this summer after being left in Miller's parked patrol car for several hours while the outdoor temperature climbed to nearly 90 degrees.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the 10-year-old drug detection dog sat inside of the running patrol car, with the windows rolled up and the air-conditioner off, until the time that her body was discovered in the early afternoon.

Mills Police Chief Bryon Preciado told the Casper Star-Tribune

It was a mistake he’s going to have to pay for,”

He added:

If he violated the law then he should be held accountable just like anybody else,”

If Officer Miller is convicted, he could be jailed for up to six months, or face a $750 fine.

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