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    Unhappy EOW - K9 Forrest

    Investigation launched into death of K-9 in patrol car

    By Kristina Davis
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    12:11 p.m. June 24, 2008

    ALPINE – Police and county authorities are investigating the death of a San Diego police dog who was found dead in the back of his handler's patrol car on Friday.

    Officer Paul Hubka told police that he walked out to his car parked in front of his home in Alpine on Friday afternoon and found the body of his 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, Forrest.

    Investigators are awaiting the results of a necropsy by County Animal Services to determine the cause of death, said San Diego police spokeswoman Monica Muñoz.

    It was unclear how long the dog had been in the back seat before he was discovered or if heat played a factor. Temperatures in Alpine reached over 100 degrees on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Hubka, a 22-year veteran of the department who also sits on the board of directors for the San Diego Police Officer's Association, declined to comment via e-mail on Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation.

    Neighbor Bill Mariotti described the officer and his family as “good people” and said the incident was unfortunate.

    Hubka also has a black Labrador and a small terrier at his home, Mariotti said.

    The Police Department has lost two Belgian Malinois dogs in the past few years to a condition known as gastric torsion, also known as bloat, Muñoz said. The deep-chested breed is susceptible to the sudden illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.

    Hubka has been put on desk duty because he cannot work without a dog.

    The department will launch an administrative investigation into the incident once the results of the necropsy are known.
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    I didn't know an animal autopsy was called a necropsy. WTF....heat might have played a factor. Shame on him if that copper overheated his partner. AND...WTF...he cannot work without a dog???

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    My heart goes out to the K9.

    R.I.P.

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    Very sad day.
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    Good luck to the officer, and his family. Losing a dog is like losing a child.
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    RIP Forrest. Hope the death was not due to heat.
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    I won't comment until the rest of the story comes out....there are just too many unknowns at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K9brando View Post
    I won't comment until the rest of the story comes out....there are just too many unknowns at this time.
    I really hesitated posting this story, but felt his life needed to be honored.

    I will update the story as information becomes available.
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    R.I.P. Forest

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    Rest In Peace , Officer Forrest.
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    I promised an update

    Police dog died of heat stroke, report says

    UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
    10:15 a.m. July 22, 2008
    SAN DIEGO – A San Diego police dog found dead in his handler's patrol car last month died of heat stroke, officials with the county Department of Animal Services said Tuesday.

    A month-long investigation found that the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Forrest had been left in the vehicle with the windows closed on a day where temperatures reached 108 degrees. It was not disclosed how long the dog was in the car.

    The necropsy, which was performed by a veterinary pathologist with the Animal Disease and Diagnostic laboratory, went on the say that the dog had no signs of diseases, trauma or gunshot wounds.

    Officer Paul Hubka told authorities he found the dog in the back seat of his car parked in the driveway of his Alpine home on the afternoon of June 20.

    Hubka has been a police officer for 22 years and also is a board member of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

    The findings will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office, which will decide if criminal charges will be filed.
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    Terrible, sorry to hear

 

 

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