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Police dog handler whose dogs roasted to death attempts suicide

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German-ShepherdA SENIOR police dog handler, who left two dogs to bake to death in his car, has jumped from a moving vehicle and slashed his wrists in an apparent suicide bid.


The Sun newspaper reported that Sergeant Ian Craven - head of the Metropolitan Police force's Dog Training Establishment – leapt from the car travelling at 30mph in Newham, East London.

The distressed officer was later found close by suffering from a 'hand injury'.

One source told The Sun: “He appeared to have slashed his wrist in an apparent attempt to kill himself.”

Sgt Craven locked Belgian Malinois bitch Chay and female German Shepherd puppy Tilly in his car prior to a meeting as temperatures soared to 29C in a heatwave which hit Britain on Sunday.

Temperatures inside the car are believed to have topped an airless 50C.

He alerted police kennel workers and they attempted to cut the animals from their steel cage and  resuscitate them.

Kennel assistant Tina Dale, 54, said: “The suffering those dogs went through is too unbearable to think about.

“I'm in bits, we tried so so hard, but it was too long, the damage had been done. What a bloody awful way to die.”

Sgt Craven, a married dad of three who has served 30 years with London's Metropolitan Police Force, was taken to a psychiatric unit for his own protection.

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