Another Police Dog Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

MarcoFirst, 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.

Source: AJC

(Thanks Lynn)

19 Responses to “Another Police Dog Dies After Being Left In Hot Car”

  1. Lynne says:

    These animals are obviously nothing more than tools to these people. Torn up? Really? Would they leave one of their kids in the car, forgotten? No? Then what is the difference?

    After reading the Stop Lynching site ( I believe more and more that police departments should not be allowed to have dogs. Most of the dogs are used on this “war on drugs” bullshit anyway. It also makes me wonder how police horses are being treated.

  2. Sharon says:

    It’s time to ban police use of dogs since it obvious that police officers are incapable of properly caring for animals.

  3. Tammy says:

    Poilce officers should not have dogs when they don’t seem to be concerned about their animals. I know some love them just like family and some I think just don’t care. The dogs are used and not compensated for all the good work that they do and how loyal they are.

  4. catmom5 says:

    Stories of unnecessary animal death at the hands of their “caregivers” seems to be increasing ~ or we’re just more aware. HOW DO WE STOP THE KILLING AND MISTREATMENT OF ALL ANIMALS? How many have to die before we make it stop? My heart breaks for all of these poor animals who did nothing to deserve their fate.

  5. Mary says:

    At least the handlers are being charged with a crime. Here in Cincinnati, a little girl was baked to death in an SUV while her mother was at work, and her mother was not charged with *anything.* It was an “accident,” the prosecutor said. The mother “merely forgot” because she got so wrapped up with work. But Ohio law apparently says the adult must behave in a reckless manner in order to press charges for child endangerment, and forgetfulness isn’t the same as recklessness.

    I want to know how much further our society can sink into the slime, when forgetfulness is an acceptable defense in the death of a child.

  6. purringfur says:

    I’ve seen (and met) police dogs in restaurants sitting right next to the officers while they eat. Gosh, if an officer needs to go to the bathroom, eat, check out a crime scene, fill out paperwork… TAKE THE DOG WITH YOU. The dog’s first priority is to protect the life of the officer; the officer’s first priority should be to take responsible care of the animal that is trained to take the bullet for him/her. Disgusting!

  7. nora says:

    NO EXCUSE! NO EXCUSE!!!!!!! This was a crime!!!! MURDER! Just like what happened to BANDIT, MURDER!

  8. Jenny Bark says:

    12 HOURS IS NO ACCIDENT. What we are doing to children, old people, our sick without insurance & our 4 legged babies is sick. Imo our laws keep changing to enforce & protect only some & everyone else has to take care of themselves, but yet our taxes keep going up.

  9. highnote says:

    This man certainly was not a dog lover. You can’t tell me that this guy didn’t know that the heat could harm this dog! He knew quite well that this could happen and he should not even be on the force. He probably treats people the same way he treated this poor baby. I would like to see him stuck in a car in that kind of heat for a while. This poor dog had a terrible death!

  10. Debra says:

    I AGREE no excuse. I miss my dog if she is gone for 15 minutes in another room. 12 hours and no contact ? BS

  11. CGP says:

    This guy is an idiot. How can you “forget” this? I’m surprised no one saw the dog in the car.

  12. Moonbeams says:

    I don’t understand it - but I can only imagine that this terrible tragedy will awken other police to do better. Officers are in the habit of leaving the dog in the car - I see it here in the City - and out of sight out of mind.

    Poor dog and I feel sorry for the policemen - the problem is that they are in the habit of leaving the dog in the car - it is policy that needs to change.

  13. Lynn says:

    To be clear, this article is about Marco, not Bandit. Still I find both cases appalling.

    In fact, I have never advocated the use of dogs for police work, except as sniffers. I do not believe that humans are superior to animals and that it’s better to sacrifice a dog than a human.

    Many of you may be incensed at my impression that many [not all] police officers overwork their animals. The reality is that these dogs do have Type A behavior and they simply do not know when to stop. Too, they often die of heat exhaustion outside the vehicle from being overworked.

    But we don’t hear of those stories [where they die of heat exhaustion outside the vehicle].

    To me the use of police dogs is just a stop-gap measure like using a band-aid when open heart surgery is really needed. Translate open heart surgery to tougher laws, sentencing, imprisonments, and higher taxes to build and staff more prisons, if necessary [and none of this early release baloney].

  14. furmom says:

    I actually couldn’t believe the first story about Bandit, but now with a second story about Marco there just are no words to describe what I think about these incomprehensible deaths. These dogs do not just perform outstanding work, they would give their lives to protect their partners. How is it this dedication doesn’t work both ways? Would these officers have left a human partner to die this way in a car? If they are just getting too distracted with some other task, maybe they need a periodic beeper set to remind them to check on their partner each hour (which could still be too long if it’s really hot). Shouldn’t there be some protocol that commands an officer to check the dog every so often?

  15. Sylvia says:

    How can you forget your partner? It’s inexcuseable and hte oficer should not be on “paid administrative leave” he should be fired, prosecuted and made to reimburse the department for the cost of the dog and his training when he gets out of prison. There is no excuse for “forgetting” - the officer is a criminal and should be treated as such.

  16. Moonbeams says:

    The problem as I see it, is that it is a “habit” to leave the dog in the vehicle - as there are places where it is not appropriate to bring along the police dog - and then something happens, an emergency, or something out of the ordinary, and the officer makes a slip of judgment. Policework is dangerous and high stress and these types of mishaps happen - unless there is evidence of intentional abuse, knowing and remembering and not caring, then I think it right to be forgiving of the officer and the loss of his partner/dog here.

    Is every mishap, punishable by “off with his head” you dirty bum? These harsh comments here sure makes one think about the balance of so-called animal lovers and their sympathy towards humans doing tough and dangerous jobs. I feel for the officer and for his loss.

  17. Furbabies says:

    This was not just a dog, it was a police officer. Would either one of these officers “forget” a human partner in the car. This animal trusted and relied on this man for his safety. What if it were a suspect left in the car for 6 hours and they died? That’s murder!

  18. KarlaSanDiego says:

    I agree wit Nora. It’s murder. No excuses anymore. This shi_ has got to stop. I’m so tired of reading these stories of animal cruelty. His punishment needs to be jail.

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