Unacceptable! Police K-9 Dies in Hot Cruiser Outside FL Courthouse

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Why is it so hard for people to remember their children and animals in hot vehicles? Never, have I EVER forgotten my furbabies in the car. In fact, I won’t leave them alone in the car for more than a few minutes, with the air on full blast. Why? I know how hot it gets outside, and as the temperature rises, that metal vehicle essentially becomes an oven.

A police k-9 died in a hot car on Friday, outside of a Florida courthouse, while the officer was inside for a hearing, according to  Florida Today. Temperatures were recorded in the high 80’s for the day, with a high of 88. Which means it was even hotter in the vehicle.

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Authorities have not identified the officer, but said he may have forgotten that the dog was in his car, according to Florida Today.

“The officer is devastated…it’s just awful,” said a spokeswoman for the Melbourne Police Department to Florida Today.

Sebastian Police officers found the lifeless German Shepherd around 7:30pm, still in the hot car that was parked outside of the Brevard County courthouse, located in Melbourne.

The amount of time the dog was left in the car is not known at the time, and the police are not releasing the name of the officer responsible.

Sebastian Police Dept. called the dog’s death an “unexpected” and tragic incident and said the case was under investigation.

“The Sebastian Police Department will conduct the appropriate administrative investigation subsequent to their independent investigation,” John Blackledge, commander of operations, told Florida Today in an email.

What I do not understand is why the officer did not leave the vehicle running, if he could not take the k-9 inside.

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