I don't think you can do that with a police dog. If some stupid kid came and put his hand in there, it would be a lawsuit. If some thug wanted to injure or kill the dog, it would be a sitting duck. And frankly, there are idiots out there that think it is funny to get the dog to bark. On a hot day, a dog could become overheated by freaking out at a stupid person teasing and interfering with him.
People don't think a lot of times about the consequences of their actions. Yes, a criminal complaint could be filed against such an individual, but that wouldn't bring the dog back. There is a lot more liability in leaving a trained dog with access to the public than a pet dog. And the K9 units really function on donations in some areas -- in our village. So the good will of the people is a big deal. Letting a dog die in a hot car doesn't go over well here, but leaving a dog in a car proper containment, I think is going to have a worse impact on public good will.
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