Sgt. Allen Cockfield, who reportedly strung his police dog Duke up by a choke chain and kicked him to death, was acquitted by a jury today. He had faced a felony charge of killing a police dog as well as an animal cruelty misdemeanor. The judge tossed out the felony charge – something to do with a failure to prove intent. The jury only considered the cruelty charge and returned a not guilty verdict.
Mr. Cockfield’s lawyer described Duke’s death as a “freak training accident”. There is definitely a freak involved here but there is no accident.