It’s never an easy thing to talk about, but after the entirely avoidable deaths of several police K-9s in recent months due to being left in hot vehicles by handlers, it’s an issue that clearly needs attention.
The latest police K-9 death was in Georgia.
A handler left the 5-year-old bloodhound in a hot vehicle, and the animal died.
The officer has been placed on administration leave with pay.
He could be charged with animal abuse and reckless conduct pending an international investigation.
It’s unclear if anyone keeps track of how many police K-9s die as the result of carelessness and neglect, but this summer seems like it may set a troubling record.
If you want to get a sense of the scale of the problem, just search for “police K-9 dies in hot car” on Google.
The numbers are staggering.