Former DE Corrections Officer Indicted in Death of K9 Lux


K9 Lux / Delaware Department of Correction
End of Watch Sunday, September 18, 2022

A former Delaware Correctional Officer and K-9 handler has been indicted on charges related to the death of 4-year old K-9 Lux. Officials in the Attorney General’s office say the DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust indicted 45 year old Darrel Wiley for leaving Lux confined and unattended in an official vehicle while on duty at the Vaughn Correctional Center for over four hours in September of 2022 – a day that temperatures were over 80 degrees. Wiley found Lux dead when he returned to the vehicle.

Investigation revealed Wiley left the dog confined in the vehicle multiple times from June to September of last year – sometimes for as long as 8 hours.

Wiley, who is no longer employed by the DOC, is charged with 1st degree assault of a law enforcement animal, cruelty to animals and official misconduct.