AP: NJ officer charged in K-9's death

September 18, 2009 12:57:02 PM PDT
A New Jersey police dog's handler and her husband have been charged with cruelty to animals after the dog was left locked in a car in July. Mount Holly Police Officer Kara McIntosh and Robert McIntosh were charged in municipal court on Friday.

They face civil and criminal charges. If convicted on all counts, they could each face up to a year in prison.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals said the officer told investigators she left the K-9 dog Patton in her personal car with the air conditioning running with the intention that her husband would pick up the car and the dog.

Kara McIntosh declined to comment on Friday. Her lawyer, Mario D'Alfonso, did not immediately return a call.

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