Two days after being pulled from the interior of a hot vehicle, a police dog in South Carolina died from heat related issues. According to multiple sources, the 22-month-old Labrador retriever, named Turbo, was left in the car by his handler, Master Police Officer David Hurt.
The deadly situation
On a late July day when the outside temperature hit 94 degrees, Turbo was left by Columbia Police Department Officer Hurt in a patrol car. As reported by The State, Hurt parked his patrol car in the shade and partially lowered the windows, but deactivated sensors and alarms which would have created an alert if the car interior got too hot. The dog was left in the car from the morning hours, until 3:30 in the afternoon.
By the time that Hurt returned to Turbo, the dog was showing signs of heat stroke, including being unsteady on his feet and foaming at the mouth. Turbo was rushed to a veterinarian for help, but died in the following days from organ damage caused by the excessive heat.
The officer’s explanation
Officer Hurt was not able to provide a logical explanation for his failure to check on the dog, or for deactivating the heat sensing alarms. The officer will not be facing any criminal charges, but he was suspended without pay for five days. He has also been removed from any K9 handling activities and temporarily suspended from the bomb squad.
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