DPS officer in dog death gets court diversion

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Jeg and DPS Officer Korey Lankow By Catherine Holland Jeg and DPS Officer Korey Lankow By Catherine Holland

 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer whose canine partner Jeg died after being left in a hot vehicle will have a misdemeanor animal neglect charge dismissed if he completes a diversion program.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/QoADFH ) officer Korey Lankow will have to take a half-day course on animal care and laws and pay a $200 fine.

Tucson City Prosecutor Baird Greene tells the Daily Star that anyone in a similar position would have received the same deal.

Tucson police reports show Lankow moved his gear to a spare car on July 11 because his Chevrolet Tahoe was being serviced. He forgot the police dog in the SUV and went out on patrol.

He found Jeg severely overheated when he returned. The dog was euthanized the next day.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com