Stray-turned-police dog dies in vehicle in N.J.
A golden retriever rescued as a stray and trained to sniff out bombs for the Mount Holly, N.J., Police Department has died.
Patton, who was 5 years old, died in the vehicle of his handler and partner, Officer Kara McIntosh, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
“We’re investigating every aspect of the case,” said Mount Holly Police Chief Steve Martin.
A spokesman for the New Jersey SPCA said his office was awaiting results of an autopsy performed at the Columbus Animal Hospital. He declined to say whether heat had played a part in the dog’s death. It was unclear how long Patton had been left in the vehicle, or whether McIntosh was working at the time of Patton’s death.
Martin declined to comment on the circumstances leading to the dog’s death.
According to a website dedicated to golden retrievers, Patton was discovered by Mount Holly officers looking for a K-9 dog at the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue’s Golden Gateway, in Lancaster County.
After intensive training, Patton learned to recognize more than 20 scents, and specialized in rooting out shell casings. He became part of a statewide task force under the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
The Trentonian quoted an anonymous source as saying the dog died at an animal hospital after being left in a hot car for an extended period of time.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 10th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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