Police dog handler ‘attempts suicide’ after dogs die in car
Sgt Ian Craven was so distraught he flung himself from a car, then cut wrists, report claims
A police officer who left two dogs in his car on one of the hottest days of the year was so distraught when they died that he flung himself from a colleague's car and then apparently attempted to slash his own wrists.
Sergeant Ian Craven, who is 49, was still receiving treatment for his injuries last night, according to police. Belgian malinois Chay and five-month-old Alsatian Milly died on Sunday in the car park of the Met Police's dog training centre in Keston, Kent as temperatures hit 28C.
Craven left the dogs in his own estate car at the centre and then went to a meeting at the Olympic site in east London. Several hours later he seems to have remembered the dogs and called colleagues at the centre to alert them.
Staff at the centre smashed a car window and got the dogs out, only to find they were seriously ill. They were rushed to an emergency vet, but both died.
As Craven was heading back to Keston, he received a phone call telling him the dogs were dead. It's not clear if he then jumped from a moving vehicle, or if the car he was traveling had come to a standstill. Colleagues later found him by a canal with injuries to his hands.
According to the Daily Mail, the injuries were self-inflicted – though this has not been confirmed by the Met police.
It emerged today that this is not the first time a dog in Craven’s has died like this. In 2004, he was disciplined after a spaniel died when he left it in a car in hot weather.
Craven is now under investigation by the RSPCA and the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards. The RSPCA may choose to bring the matter before the courts.
Two years ago a policeman in Nottinghamshire, PC Mark Johnson, left two police dogs in his unventilated car for eight hours. Both died. At his trial, the police were blamed for leaving his compulsive obsessive disorder untreated – said to be a contributory factor in him forgetting the animals. ·