Miami Police Officer Faces Charges in Death of His K-9 Partner

MIAMI (AP) _ A Miami police officer has surrendered to face animal cruelty and other charges in the death of his K-9 partner, a female bloodhound named Dynasty.

His attorney says 48-year-old Officer Rondal Laroy Brown will be released on bail.

An investigation showed that Dynasty was in good health in January 2007 and weighed 66 pounds. In November when she died, the 4-year-old dog weighed only 33 pounds, had sunken eyes and missing hair, and had a wound on one paw.

Brown told a supervisor she had gotten loose and may have eaten some rat poison at a nearby construction site. But a necropsy revealed Dynasty suffered from severe malnutrition and dehydration.

Brown has worked at the Miami Police Department since 1987 mostly with dogs. His attorney, Bill Matthewman, says Brown is innocent and would never hurt a dog.

The arrest marks the second such K-9 cruelty case in the Miami area in recent months.