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New police procedures after dogs death Pc found guilty

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A police dog handler who left two animals to die from heatstroke has been found guilty of animal cruelty.

Pc Mark Johnson, 39, left the German Shepherds in temperatures of 29.3C (84.7F) in June last year when parked at Nottinghamshire police headquarters.

Johnson had denied the charge, claiming he'd forgotten about the dogs in June last year because he was suffering from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies, from Nottinghamshire Police spoke outside court after the verdict on new measures the police are introducing to prevent any further incidents.

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