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Texas police officer indicted in death of two police canines

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According to Friday's publication of Reporter News, a sheriff's deputy from Bexar County, Texas, has been indicted in the death of two police canines who were left inside of a hot patrol vehicle in 2012.

On Thursday, a jury indicted 46-year-old Deputy Steve Benoy on two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty which stemmed from the July 2012 incident which left two Belgian malinois police canines dead from heat exhaustion.

Benoy is accused of leaving the two dogs inside of an SUV which was parked at his residence. It is believed that Benoy was distracted after he arrived home that day and he forgot to remove the dogs, Hades and Vegas, from the county owned vehicle.

Shortly after the incident, Sheriff Ortiz had stated:

"I can't put it in any other terms than he simply forgot to get the dogs out of the Tahoe and place them in the kennels,"

Deputy Benoy, who has two decades of law enforcement experience, has been on administrative leave since the incident; if convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

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