Two Florida police dogs have died on Wednesday after their handler left them in his car for hours, with temperatures reaching 86F.
Early on Wednesday, Hialeah Police Officer Nelson Enriquez drove to his home in Davie, Florida, after a midnight shift and left the K-9s inside his police car in the driveway.
Around 7pm later on Wednesday, he found both Jimmy, a seven-year-old bloodhound, and Hector, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois, dead inside the police car and called the Davie Police. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Hialeah police dog Jimmy the Bloodhound, pictured with his handler Nelson Enriquez, has been found dead inside Enriquez’s car with another police dog after the officer mistakenly left them inside (photos: Allison Diaz / The Miami Herald).
On arrival, officers found the dead dogs and had Enriquez’s car towed away for further investigation.
Enriquez, a 13-year veteran who has been a K-9 handler for seven years, has since been relieved of duty for the duration of the investigation. He has not been charged.
Temperatures in Davie peaked at 86F on Wednesday afternoon. After 6 pm, temperatures dropped to 82F, with lows of 75F.
After the K-9 deaths on Wednesday, the Hialeah Police Department promised an internal inquiry, according to The Miami Herald.
2. Jimmy, pictured, was trained to search for missing children and missing Alzheimer’s patients.
3. The officer’s police car was taken away from his home on Wednesday as part of the probe.
Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby said:
The Hialeah Police Department is extremely saddened by this unfortunate occurrence and every effort will be made to determine the cause of this terrible tragedy which claimed the lives of two very beloved members of our Hialeah police family.
This is still an open and active investigation and we must wait for the outcome from the Davie police and the Broward (County) state attorney’s office.
The police investigation is ongoing.
4. Two police dogs are found dead in an officer’s SUV — a CBS Miami report.
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