RAYVILLE, La. – A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and lying on a police report in the death of his K-9 partner, Deputy Duke. The dog died of heat exposure after being left in the deputy's patrol car.
The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/29xHiNG ) that John Cummings must pay full restitution of more than $8,000 to cover replacing the K-9.
District Attorney Mack Lancaster says Cummings also received six-month suspended sentences for animal cruelty and criminal mischief by making a false police report as part of Tuesday's plea.
Cummings resigned as a Richland Parish Sheriff's deputy a week after the dog's death on June 1. Sheriff Lee Harrell said he initially reported the K-9 missing and claimed Duke's kennel had been tampered with.
Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com