A D.C. police Dog was discovered deceased inside a police car on Monday, and the circumstances are being probed, a department official said on Tuesday.
Rocket, a 7-year-old Malinois shepherd, was discovered in a marked police car in the 2800 block of New York Avenue NE, according to authorities. According to authorities, the car was locked and idling.
Authorities are awaiting the results of a necropsy to establish how the dog died, said police spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck.
The officer’s identity has not been made public, and Sternbeck stated that he is still on the job. The Dog’s death was initially reported by NBC4.
Canines are used by police to trace persons and detect the presence of narcotics, guns, and explosives. The police department’s website states it has 21 canine squads. The rocket was characterized as a bomb-detecting Dog.
“The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated,” Sternbeck stated.
According to police, canine vans are outfitted with temperature monitoring and alarm devices that should activate when temperatures rise too high. They’re looking at whether the system failed.
Via: Washington post