Former corrections officer convicted in K-9 partner’s death

Totti, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador, died July 7 after his handler left the dog in a hot SUV after a training exercise at the Rockview state prison. (Pa. Department of Corrections)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A former central Pennsylvania corrections officer has been convicted on animal cruelty charges in connection with the death of his K-9 partner in July.

Forty-year-old Chad Holland was found guilty following a bench trial Wednesday for the death of Totti, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador that he was in charge of handling in Centre County.

Holland left Totti in his car unattended with the windows and doors closed as he unloaded narcotics training aids at Rockview state prison on July 7.

Temperatures that day reached above 85 degrees. Totti was found unresponsive after being inside the hot vehicle for about 2 ½ hours.

Members of the prison’s Drug Interdiction Unit attempted to save Totti, but he later died after suffering a seizure.

Holland was sentenced to serve two days at the Centre County Correctional Facility.

A message left seeking comment from his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

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