A Pennsylvania police dog handler could face criminal and discipline charges after his K-9 partner was left in an overheated police vehicle and died, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Chico, a Dutch shepherd who had been with the New Castle Police Department since December 2009, was found unresponsive Saturday in a police vehicle parked outside the police station.
The dog died shortly after being rushed to the vet.
Police Chief Thomas Sansone told the newspaper his department is trying to determine how long the dog was left in the vehicle and that an internal investigation is being conducted to determine if the unidentified officers violated any procedures.
Sansone added that the Lawrence County district attorney’s office, with the assistance of a city animal control officer, is looking into the possibility of criminal charges against the officer.
A memorial service for Chico is scheduled for Thursday morning.