Rochester, NY Taxpayer Dollars at Work: RPD officer Leaves his K-9 Partner “Hawk” in Hot Vehicle for over an Hour, While he goes to Doctor’s Appointment

Published On May 20, 2013 | By Davy V. | Articles

By Davy V.

A Rochester, NY Police officer, driving ‘K9-3″ cruiser, left his partner “Hawk”, inside the hot Durango SUV for over an hour, on Monday, as he went to an appointment, inside an air conditioned doctor’s office, behind the Calkins Corporate Park office complex, off Red Creek Drive in Henrietta, NY, arriving at approximately 1:25 p.m., and leaving around 2:45 p.m.

Although the rear windows in the police SUV were down, leaving the cages to allow some air to flow in, and the front windows were rolled down a bit, the vehicle was parked under direct sunlight, with no shade whatsoever.

Patients and staff walking by the RPD SUV were startled when “Hawk”, a beautiful German Shepherd greeted them with loud barking

There are actually two disturbing stories here.

First, this officer’s behavior show yet another example of Rochester Police officers misusing taxpayer dollars, in this case, driving outside the RPD’s jurisdiction, to another town, for personal reasons.

Second, leaving an innocent dog in a hot vehicle, for over an hour, with no shade, albeit, windows down.

A call to dispatch confirmed RPD K9-3 unit was “on duty”, and the dispatcher said they had no knowledge the officer was out in Henrietta.

 

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Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People). Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals. Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper. In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.
  • Backfire

    Cool story, but it’s lacking additional facts. How do you know he was there for a personal doctors appointment?

  • Casual Observer

    Earlier this month, in Perry County, MS, Deputy Sheriff Steve Verret forgot that he left his K-9 officer, Napo inside of a patrol unit overnight. This oversight directly resulted in the death of the three-year-old Belgian Malinois.

    Earlier this month, an officer assigned to the Edmond, Oklahoma Police Department, left a K-9 officer named Justice inside a patrol unit during the heat of the day without any air conditionin. This oversight directly resulted in the death of the three-year-old Labrador Retriever.

    Neither officer has been disciplined or fined as of yet.

  • rick

    Outdoor temperature? 50 and sunny is completely different than 75 and sunny.

  • rick

    Additionally, what day was this shot? Monday the 20th or Monday the 13th?
    Do you have video or pictures showing the whole vehicle, specifically the rear windows? Were you there the whole time? Did you speak with the officer when he returned?

    While I don’t like seeing animals left in vehicles, especially when temps climb above 50, this dog doesn’t appear to be in distress.

  • wiguy

    According to weather.com it was 82 in Rochester today. Deny…always deny.

  • Shawn

    @backfire

    What kind of professional reason would a K-9 officer have at a doctor’s office outside his own jurisdiction?

    No, whatever it was, it was almost certainly personal business.

  • BJ

    Pretty sure I hear the engine running which would indicate that the air-conditioning is on. If that’s the case, cracking the windows would just be an added precaution to prevent any possibility of a malfunction leaking carbon leaking into the passenger compartment. As for Justice the K-9 in Oklahoma:

    EDMOND, Okla. — Police are investigating the possibility that a faulty vehicle air conditioner caused the death of a beloved Edmond K-9 officer

    “It is with great sadness that we must report the death of one of our beloved K-9 dogs, Justice,” said Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe.

    Monday afternoon, Justice’s handler found him lethargic in the back of the handler’s squad car, Monroe said. He was rushed to the vet where he later died, Monroe said.

    I hate to see posts like this here because almost without fail they are completely bogus. LEOs may treat the average citizen with disdain but never their K-9 partners.

  • certain

    It will be a shame when you witness a real crime committed by cops, and fail to get it on tape. Who’s going to believe you or take you seriously? All the lawyers will have to do is give the jury a tour of your posts.

  • Davy V.

    ENGINE WAS NOT RUNNING. I KNOW.

  • Davy V.

    Trust me. I know. And have alot more proof. Backfire, Certain, and the others in denial are the same ones who saw the Rodney King video and found a way to justify the beating. LOSERS.

  • https://www.facebook.com/585ROC Justin

    I thought I heard the vehicle running as well. And yes it was 80 something degrees today, I took my dogs for a walk around the block, and they couldnt get enough water by the time we got home. So, if this K9 was left in the sun, in a hot vehicle, chances are he would either be dead, or at least have to be rushed to the vet, but no, he is awake, very alert and does not appear to be in any discomfort.

    And again, you leave the important parts out. I’m sure you knew the truck was running, and I’m sure you knew the AC was on….but you left that out….hmmmmm….so people would THINK there was an actual story here? LMAO!

  • https://www.facebook.com/585ROC Justin

    It just makes no sense Davy. You are always on here talking about officers leaving their vehicles running, why would this officer shut his off?
    1. He was ‘on duty’ So you say, so he would need his computer and radio to be up and running.

    2. Why would he shut if off knowing his K9 was in there?

    K9′s are not just partners, but officers friends. If they mistreated their dogs like you say they do, logic says the dogs would be timid, and wouldnt respond to commands. Obviously you dont own dogs.

  • https://www.facebook.com/585ROC Justin

    What was the exact address? What suite # did this officer go into? Thats also important to this story, since you claim he was there on personal business, there are many offices located there, including a physical therapy office. How do you know he wasnt there for a work related injury? Dispatchers do not always know the whole situation either. His supervisor might have known, maybe you should have asked for them to call you back since you find that misusing 911 as your personal call back service is not wasting our tax money.

  • t.

    Davy….you are a faking joke. You are a complete sham.

  • tj

    I like davy v’s description of himself!!! lol

  • tj

    Throw you names much davey? I can see u at parties now!

  • Common Sense

    Trust you?

    Davy you are a joke. The engine was running, AC was on.

    Isn’t there some ambulance you can go chase? Oh, that would require a professional degree. Never mind. Welfare office is open, go beg there..

  • Film Police

    Davy next time just call the local news station so they can see and report. FTP

  • Justin

    Wow, Film Police is absolutely right! Leave reporting to REAL journalists!

    Your lies have been exposed, why would anyone believe you, let alone trust you?!

    You can’t even provide details that matter to make this story relevant, so why should anyone believe a word you say about it?

    “I know Trust me” lmao!!

  • Backfire

    Shawn:

    I have no idea. Maybe he was interviewing a crime victim who was transferred to this hospital/doctor. I don’t know all of their protocols, and I don’t make assumptions.

  • Backfire

    Davy V:

    The Rodney King video was pretty straight forward and a clear case of brutality. The Kelly Thomas video was pretty straight forward and a clear case of brutality. The preliminary reports of the David Silva case seem to point to a clear case of brutality. All of those are prime examples of what I require to come to a conclusion. A 15 second video of a dog in a polices SUV, followed by your observations and claims, is not enough for me to believe your story.

    Contrary to what you think, I am all for holding the police accountable, but you take it to an insane extreme that I have a hard time swallowing. But continue on hating me and calling me a loser for questioning your “reporting”. I’m really just trying to help you get your points across better, and become an actual journalist.

  • Backfire

    Another thing to note here is the angle of the video. Why was it filmed so low? If it were filmed from a higher posistion, we would be able to see the instruments and computer (that may have been on due to vehicle running). Was this a deliberate attempt to cover that up? Only Davy V. Knows the answer…

  • Pigsticker

    Do as I say, (to avoid physical harm), not as I do. Why worry? the freaking dog’s a cop too! slow roast.

  • https://www.facebook.com/585ROC Justin

    @Pigsticker Tough talk from a keyboard commando. The dog might be an officer, but does he know that? Obviously with it being 80 something out, and no shade, the inside of that truck would have been over 100 degrees, that dog wouldnt be up on the seats looking around, he would be getting as low to the floor as possible trying to stay cool. This story wreaks of LIES!

  • A Guy Named Burt

    Why would a cop from Rochester be in Henrietta at a doctor’s office? I’m sure that any citizen of Rochester would never go to a doctor outside of the city that would require a cop to go there to investigate. Especially in cases of rapes, injuries from domestic disputes or assaults, murders, or even mental disorders. Why would cops need any information that would involve these cases. Davy, your style of journalism will assure you in a position of respect where you will be memorialized for centuries after your passing. I have already decided to pay you a visit someday (only after i have drank the largest bottle of Gatorade that I can find). I will film it and submit it to this website as a memento.

  • Slappy

    I can’t keep up this charade any longer. I’m just a troll. I’m a 34 year old mall security guard. I live in my mom’s basement. I failed out of the police training program at community college. The only sexual experience I’ve ever had was with my uncle. Posting comments on sites like this and pissing others off is the only way I can find to feel good. It’s really the only way I can get any attention or really get anyone to interact with me. I’m just angry at my own personal failures in life and I’m really lonely. I honestly just need a friend and a hug.
    :(