It’s happened yet again – a police dog was forgotten in a parked patrol car and died after suffering heat stroke. The most recent tragedy took place in Mississippi when a Southaven police officer forgot his new partner, “Gunner,” inside of his patrol car.
According WMCAction News, the narcotics dog had only been partnered with his handler for three weeks when he was forgotten in the car, which wasn’t running and had the windows rolled up. Gunner, a six-year-old Labrador retriever mix, was in the patrol car for an agonizing two hours- his handler, whose identity is being protected, was inside doing paperwork.
Though the handler is reported to be “devastated” over the dog’s death, he is not going to be charged with a crime and he is still on the force. The department will be working on policy changes in order to prevent another, similar tragedy, from taking place.
Gunner is the first dog to die on the Southaven Police Force.
(Screenshot WMCAction News)
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