An Alabama police K9 died of heatstroke after being left in an outdoor kennel at a veterinary boarding facility. According to CBS 42 News, the German shepherd, Didi with the Snead Police Department, perished at a veterinary office outside of Blount County.
Criminal charges for K9’s death?
According to a press release from the Town of Snead, there will be no charges for the police dog’s death. After a thorough investigation, the department concluded that Didi’s death was accidental and unforeseeable. Didi was temporarily placed in an outdoor kennel which had pea gravel on the ground, full ventilation, plenty of water, and shade. According to the release, the shelter provided for K9 Didi meets current acceptable standards. The people caring for Didi have stated that she was checked on every five minutes – when she was found “unresponsive” efforts were made to cool her down, but it was too late.
Changes following K9’s death?
The Town of Snead has stated that experts are reviewing the current acceptable standards for outdoor shelter and there are questions regarding their safety in the intense heat of summer in the South.
Pet owners are encouraged to not only provide their pets with adequate water and shade, but to consider using misting systems and ensure that the flooring does not get too hot to touch. If pets cannot be brought inside, out of the intense heat, safety measures must be in place to prevent them from suffering the same fate that K9 Didi did.
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