Cache County police dog's death spurs call for investigations, sadness

Friday , July 07, 2017 - 5:15 AM1 comment

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

LOGAN — The weekend death of a Cache County Sheriff’s Office police dog, Endy, is prompting a strong outcry from people upset over the animal’s passing.

It’s also spurred the call for two investigations — an independent inquiry by the Northern Utah Critical Incident Task Force and an internal sheriff’s office inquiry.

So far, though, little has been publicly released about what led to Endy’s death. The sheriff’s office acquired Endy, a Belgian Malinois, from the Logan Police Department last year and the dog sniffed out drugs, according to the Herald Journal newspaper.

“Over the weekend, an unfortunate incident happened with Endy, one of the sheriff’s office law enforcement dogs. Because of this incident, Endy passed away,” Sheriff Chad Jensen said in a press release Wednesday.

Jensen didn’t provide additional details, but mentioned the two investigations, saying more information would be available when they are complete. A Cache County rep on Thursday referred to Wednesday’s statement, saying no additional public information would be released for now.

Jensen said in his statement that the internal investigation would focus on sheriff’s office “policy and procedures.”

He said he had requested the investigation from the Northern Utah Critical Incident Task Force, a body that represents the sheriff’s offices and police departments of Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties. But it wasn’t immediately clear what steps the body would take. Task force protocol would give the Cache County Attorney’s Office leeway to weigh in on whether a task force inquiry is merited, but County Attorney James Swink didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

Meantime, Jensen and others lamented Endy’s death. The animal’s passing “leaves a hole” in the sheriff’s office, Jensen said.

Many others chimed in on the Cache County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, expressing similar sentiments. “This absolutely breaks my heart,” wrote one poster, Brenda Stander Richardson.

The Standard-Examiner submitted a public records request Thursday for more information on Endy and his death.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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