Six dogs, said to be German shepherds and Belgian Malinois, perished this month after overheating inside of a security firm’s van. According to Thursday’s WAVY News, the dogs were part of the Academi Training Facility in Moyock, North Carolina.
The privately-owned training facility owned the dogs who were specially trained for security work. Several handlers were fired after the tragic incident, which took place earlier this month. According to WTKR News, several dogs (according to an anonymous insider, the number was 12) had been placed inside a van which was equipped with an air-conditioning unit.
The handlers had hoped to cool down the dogs, but something with the cooling system went awry and by the time anyone checked on the dogs again, six were dead. A necropsy confirmed that the dogs who died perished from effects of the heat – outdoor temperatures at the time were reported to be in the 90s.
Constellis, a provider of security services, owns Academi. Paul Donahue, COO of the company, told WAVY News that four training facility employees have been fired as a result of the deadly incident. An internal investigation into the situation was conducted and no malice on the part of the employees was found – but a violation of company procedures resulted in the employees’ termination.
Details about the incident have been held under wraps for most of the month – an inside source was able to spark local media to investigate just this week.
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