Stephens County deputy charged after police dog dies in hot car

Posted at 4:44 PM, Sep 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 18:06:41-04

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - A Stephens County deputy sheriff has been charged with animal cruelty after his police dog died in a hot patrol car.

Court records show Deputy Matthew Peck was charged for the death of the dog BAK. Court records do not list an attorney for Peck.

The Duncan Banner reports  that the dog died after being left in the car at Peck's home for about 38 hours. The dog was used at a traffic stop on Aug. 24 and was left in the car until Peck discovered the animal dead on Aug. 26.

Temperatures in area reached 99 degrees on Aug. 25 and an affidavit says the temperature inside the car could have been more than 120 degrees.

Peck's is due in court for a hearing on Nov. 2.

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