Greenville officer disciplined in death of K-9

Greenville – The Greenville Police officer involved in the death of the department's K-9 has been suspended. Officer Jeff Gore was given 15 days without pay for leaving Liberty, the department's bloodhound, inside a closed car on June 29 during the heat of the day.

Gore, about four hours after leaving the station, realized he may not have put Liberty back in her kennel. He then called a supervisor who found the dog had died. Temperatures rose into the upper 90's that afternoon.

Gore's actions were not believed to have constituted a crime; therefore no criminal charges were filed.

Police Chief Daniel Busken announced Monday the 15 days is the maximum punishment allowed without termination.