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Long Beach K-9 Dies from Being Left in Hot Patrol Car

The Long Beach Police Department in California has announced the death of one of its own: K-9 officer Ozzy, a German Shepherd mix, died last week after being left in a hot patrol vehicle.

The LBPD announced Ozzy’s passing on the department’s Facebook page Friday, clarifying that “preliminarily we believe this was an accident and we are taking all the necessary steps to avoid this from happening in the future.”

In the press release, officials explained that Ozzy died on Aug. 14, and was discovered by his handler at approximately 3:40 p.m. “At the time of his death, Ozzy and his handler were both off-duty and Ozzy was inside the officer’s department issued K-9 vehicle,” the release read. “Our K-9 vehicles are outfitted with fail/safe equipment that is meant to generate an alert. At this time, we believe this alert may not have been working.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that “midafternoon temperatures in Long Beach the day the dog died were between 81 and 84 degrees, according to a weather archive.” The paper reminded readers that “it only takes 15 minutes for a hot animal to suffer brain damage.”

Some followers on the LBPD’s Facebook post blamed the dog’s handler and one told the police department as a whole, “you should be ashamed of yourself.” Others were sympathetic, with one person saying, “the family and officer are going through their own hell so please think of them and their personal loss.”

Along that vein, the Long Beach Police Department did say in their news bulletin, “We ask that you respect the handler and his family. Our department is mourning Ozzy’s loss as we would with any of our employees, our K-9’s are an indispensable part of our department, and we will continue to view them as our partners.”

A version of this story appears on The Blaze website.

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10 Comments
  • kat says:

    That officer should never be allowed to have another K9.

  • VietnamVeteran says:

    GEEZ! ! ! If you can’t take care of your K-9, what next ? ? ?

    @#$/^&*% (censored.)

  • Diana says:

    Lock his ass in a car he better be FIRED no benefits all Revoked

    • joe@1 says:

      Diana another case you need to prosecute. no excuse for this to have happened. that cop will never live without regrets.

  • YouKnowItsTrue says:

    Not his fault if the equipment wasnt working. These officers often have to leave the dogs in the vehicle. Give him a break. I’m sure he loved the dog; it was his partner.

  • BURNEL says:

    This man should not be given any space.. prosecute him for what he did..

  • Molly says:

    This handler should be treated the same as any other civilian who makes the same kind of “mistake.” I’m sure he is sorry but that’s not the point. Where the hell was he that he could leave this dog in a car for this long a period of time that the dog dies? Don’t let him get off by blaming some malfunctioning “alert” on the vehicle – this handler should be reassigned and never allowed to function as a K-9 officer again.

  • Tracey Schaefer says:

    This is pure bull crap, that officer should be fired and banned from ever owning a pet!

  • Bill says:

    Now dog garnit, what’s going on with the police department? Even a loyal officer can’t get a break. This ain’t right!!! Someone is responsible and it has to be answered too.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    The officer should be fired if he can’t be any more responsible than that. What’s to guarantee he’ll be responsible in any other situation.

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