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NO officer to pay $11,500 for death of K-9

4 years ago October 09, 2010 Oct 9, 2010 Saturday, October 09 2010 Saturday, October 09, 2010 10:19:30 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The New Orleans police officer who left his K-9 in his patrol car only to find him dying has agreed to pay $11,500 in restitution to the police department.

Primo, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, died at a veterinarian's office after a series of seizures.

Jason Lewis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty on Sept. 1. The dog's death caused an uproar last summer.

Criminal District Judge Terry Alarcon sentenced Lewis to probation and a suspended six-month jail term. On Friday, the court approved the restitution.

The police department found no wrongdoing by Lewis, and argued the car was equipped with a cooling device aimed at caring for a dog's body temperature. Officers suggested the dog had another medical problem.

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