L.B.P.D K-9 Dies After Handler Leaves Police Dog in Hot Patrol Car.
According to the L.B.P. D, on August 14, 2019, at roughly 3:40 p.m. a Long Beach PD K-9, named Ozzy, died after being left in his handler’s patrol car. Both Ozzy the police dog and his handler were both off duty at the moment of the incident.
In a statement provided to The Modern Times of L. B by Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Arantxa Chavarria said “Our K-9 vehicles are outfitted with fail/safe equipment that is meant to generate an alert. At this time, we believe this alert may not have been working” and veterinarian saw Ozzy for a medical examination and “the preliminary results determined the cause of death to be heat-related “.
The L.B.P. D is conducting a “bureau review into all the equipment, our protocols, and circumstances of the accident.” and that “all of our patrol K-9 handlers are checking their Heat System Controller prior to every shift and will continue to do so as part of their daily protocols”.
In a 2015 news report by the Green Bay Press-Gazette "Police dogs die from heatstroke more than any other non-medical reason" and from 2011 to 2015, "at least 46 police dogs across the United States died from overwhelming heat while locked inside their handlers cars".