First, Bandit, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, died after being left in a patrol car in 109 degree temperatures for over 12 hours. Now, there is another horrible incident of a police dog death’s from being left in a hot car.
Marco, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, died of heatstroke after being left in an Acworth, Georgia police officer’s patrol car.
This narcotics-detecting dog worked for the police department for five years and helped uncover thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs. He was extremely successful and hard working at his job and was known for sniffing out anything that had been near drugs. He was known as the department’s “pride and joy” and was popular during his public appearances.
The Acworth Police Department has not given the officer’s name while the incident is being investigated. A spokesperson said the officer is “torn up” over Marco’s death. He will be placed on paid administrative leave.
The handler, who has been with the department for 13 years, was switching out equipment from one patrol car into another. He was then suddenly called into headquarters and forgot his dog was in the car. The officer is uncertain how long Marco was in the car by himself. When he came back, Marco had already died.
The recorded temperatures that day were in the high 80s to the low 90s.