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August 29, 2008

Another Police K-9 Dies

This is the third in South Florida in the past two years-- outrageous. This is from the Herald website. Cilck here for the comments.

Coral Springs police dog's death in car investigated

Hieke, an 8-year-old German wirehaired golden retriever mix, apparently succumbed to the heat about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

The dog's handler, an undercover narcotics officer whose name was not released by police, had left the dog for two hours. Protocol is to leave the car running while a canine is inside, but the 20-year veteran of the force turned off the engine.

''It appears to be an accident,'' said Sgt. Joe McHugh, a Coral Springs police spokesman. ``There's an internal investigation into why the car wasn't running.''

The officer has been a canine handler for the past 14 years with no history of this type of incident.

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