MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Montogmery Police Department's
internal affairs division is investigating the death of a police dog whose human partner accidentally left him inside a patrol car between shifts.
Police spokesman Capt. Keith Barnett says the officer had driven
the dog, named Urso, to the department's kennel at mid-morning
Barnett says that normally, the dog would be checked into the kennel, fed and given water.
He says that when the officer returned to the kennel for his next shift at 8 p.m., he found Urso dead inside the vehicle.
Barnett says something happened to disrupt the officer's routine, and the officer parked in a place where no one could hear Urso.
He says the dog's death appears to be heat-related.