A Porterville police dog died in June when a patrol car’s air conditioning stopped working, the police department announced Thursday.
The dog’s handler placed “Idol” in the patrol car with the air conditioning on after a training session on June 20. The temperature outside was 90 degrees, according to a department statement.
“It is a common practice for officers to … keep their partners in their K-9 vehicles for protection against high or low temperatures,” the statement said.
When the handler returned an hour and a half later, he noticed the car was no longer running and “Idol” was dead in the back, police said.
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