Sebastian Police K-9 Investigation Continues

Sebastian Police K-9 incident still under investigation.
Sebastian Police K-9 incident still under investigation.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – The case involving a Sebastian Police officer who accidentally left his K-9 in a hot patrol vehicle is still under investigation.

The case is still being handled by the Melbourne Police Department and their findings are being reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office, according to Sebastian Police Department Commander John Blackledge.

“They are going to do a thorough job as they know it will be scrutinized by some. I would guess it will be next week sometime before we get an answer on that part of the process,” Blackledge told Sebastian Daily.

“After that, we will determine what employment action, if any, would be appropriate based on the outcome of an administrative investigation,” Blackledge added.

On Friday, April 28, a Sebastian Police officer, who normally leaves his K-9 at home when going to court, went to a hearing at the Brevard County Courthouse. The officer later found his dog deceased in the SUV.

The dog’s name was Diesel and was loved by everyone at the police department.

We will continue to follow this story and will post another update hopefully by next week.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.
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