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Police dog dies when left in patrol car

spartacusA 3-year-old police dog in Woodstock, Georgia, died this week from heat stroke after being left in his handler’s patrol car.

Spartacus, a Belgian Malinois trained in narcotics detection and tracking, was found dead Monday night inside the car, which was parked outside his handler’s home.

The unidentified officer, a 9-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid leave, a police spokeswoman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The spokeswoman said Spartacus was the second K-9 assigned to the officer. The first, after retiring, became his family pet and still lives with him.

In addition to an internal investigation, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the officer’s home Monday night, is investigating the dog’s death.

A necropsy determined the cause of death was heat stroke.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time June 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

What the hell is wrong with these idiot cops!? Every summer, without fail, we have a few of these K-9 deaths from being left in an unventilated police vehicle. There are several EASY remedies, the first of which is common sense, and if you ain’t got any of that you don’t belong on the force. This guy should immediately turn in his badge, and then spend the rest of his days helping animals.

Comment from Anonymous
Time June 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

I’m sure he left the dog there on purpose to get a heat stroke. It was an accident get over it. Guess you never forget anything huh?

Comment from jwoestendiek
Time June 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

Anon: Car keys, glasses, watering plants and maybe the rent check — but I think most of us try not to forget things with heartbeats for which we are responsible.
john / ohmidog!

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time June 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

An “accident” is when you kick over the paint can or spill coffee on your pants. Leaving a helpless animal (who depends on you for it’s very life), to die in the heat of a closed up vehicle is not an accident, it’s callous disregard.
I know that there is at least one company making ventilation fans made to fit the partially lowered rear window of a police vehicle. I know this because I have seen them. In fact, they are on every K-9 unit vehicle in my not exactly ‘affluent’ home town.
Yeah, at my age I forget lots of stuff, but I NEVER forget that my dog is in the car…, EVER!! A defenseless animal DIED here your sarcasm is unwarranted.

Comment from Debbie,
Time July 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

their is no need of this and the policemen is on paid leave???? wth is that… if it were me or u we would have animal welfare,animal cruelty and endangerment to an animal charges on us…

Comment from mike
Time November 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

excuse me but isnt that an officer of the law