May 18, 2022 - No Criminal Prosecution in Cocoa PD K-9 Death

Our office like many others, were deeply saddened at the loss of Cocoa Police K-9 “Zena.” Police K-9’s serve a vital role in protecting the citizens of their community, along with their law enforcement partners. We know that every effort is made by agencies and handlers to ensure their well-being in what is often a dangerous, and difficult assignment.
After subjecting the criminal investigation conducted by the Melbourne Police Department to a thorough review, our office did not elect to file a criminal charge. Based on the totality of the evidence and unfortunate circumstances that led to the K-9’s death, we did not believe that prosecution of Officer Robin Viera-Gonzalez was warranted. Additionally, Officer Viera-Gonzalez was removed from the Cocoa PD K-9 unit and would no longer serve in that capacity.
Todd Brown
Media Information &
(321) 617-7310
Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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