Lilly, a 4-month-old Maltese, was pulled out of a Dumpster at a Sierra Vista apartment complex. She had no tags.

Sierra Vista Police Department

Tucson police: Lt. fired for ‘untruthfulness’

Tucson police Lt. Maria Hawke, a former spokeswoman for the department, was fired for “untruthfulness,” an official said Friday.

Hawke was fired April 9 after an internal affairs investigation, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a department spokesman.

Dugan did not elaborate further about the investigation, stating he could not because of Hawke’s due process, including her right to an appeal.

Officers can appeal personnel issues through the city’s Civil Service Commission.

Hawke was a sergeant who worked in the department’s public affairs office, and then was promoted to lieutenant assigned to the Downtown Division.

Carmen Duarte

Discovery of injured puppy prompts probe

An injured puppy abandoned in a Dumpster at a Sierra Vista apartment complex has prompted an investigation.

The 4-month-old Maltese was left inside a plastic bag for soil. She was dirty, wet and suffering from hypothermia when she was pulled from the garbage bin Sunday at Oasis Apartments, 4250 E. Busby Drive, the Sierra Vista Police Department said in a news release.

The puppy had no tags but was wearing a red collar with rhinestones.

She was taken to a veterinarian and remains in semicritical condition due to a possible head trauma, the release said. The puppy is recovering and learning to walk, eat and drink again.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sierra Vista Animal Control Office at (520) 458-4151 or the Sierra Vista Police Department at (520) 452-7500.

Staff report