Police Dog Handler Guilty Of Animal Cruelty   --  Rob Cole, Sky News Online
A police dog whose two German Shepherds died when they were left in a sweltering car has been found guilty of animal cruelty.
 Mark Johnson, 39, was convicted at Nottingham Magistrates' Court of having unnecessarily confined his dogs "in an environment that was detrimental to their well-being".Johnson, who pleaded not guilty, said he was suffering from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder that had led to him forgetting 18-month-old Jay-Jay and Jet, seven were in the back of the car.  Johnson was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay 2,500 costs.But sentencing him, district judge Tim Devas launched a scathing attack on the police force for not providing enough support to Johnson. He hit out at a police culture which he said ignored "depression and men crying".And Mr Devas said the police officer had no intention of causing any harm to his animals. He said: "Pc Johnson, I hope you can re-build your life and career at the end of this."  "I feel a police officer has been let down and this is for the benefit of the police: this is a dreadful error of judgment brought about by an illness way before it happened and PC Johnson should have been given more help," he said.  "It is a terribly sad indictment on the police force where you have an officer of his standing who is embarrassed to talk about his illness. "I cannot believe that in the 21st century, depression and men crying is so abhorrent to an institution that nothing can be done about it."He added: "I have no doubt that had PC Johnson received the help he needed then he wouldn't be standing before me here today."