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After a lawsuit was filed last week alleging that the death of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s dog had been covered up, sheriff’s officials fired back, saying it was a bogus claim.
The department made public a memo detailing the findings of an internal inquiry into the incident. The memo, sheriff’s officials said, showed that the department had looked into what had happened and cleared the dog’s handler of negligence.
The memo cited a veterinarian, Yolanda Cassidy, who worked at the animal hospital where Spike, a black Labrador trained to detect accelerants used by arsonists to start fires, was brought for treatment after being left in a car for several hours. Cassidy, the report said, told a sheriff’s investigator the K-9 could have died from a number of things, including “heat, aspiration, and underlying medical conditions.”
But Cassidy now says the memo was “fabricated.”
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