San Diego Officer Charged In Death Of Police Dog

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a San Diego police officer has
been charged with causing the death of his canine partner by leaving it in a closed patrol car on a hot day.

The San Diego County district attorney's office says it filed the misdemeanor charge Friday against Paul Hubka, an 18-year veteran dog handler.

He is accused of leaving the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named
Forrest in his car parked in his driveway on June 20. The outside
temperature that day reached 108 degrees.

Hubka's lawyer, Michael Conger, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The police department says Hubka is on administrative assignment
pending an internal investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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