The Long Beach Police Department in California has announced the death
of one of its own: K-9 officer Ozzy, a German Shepherd mix, died last
week after being left in a hot patrol vehicle.
The LBPD announced Ozzy's passing on the department's Facebook page
Friday, clarifying that "preliminarily we believe this was an accident
and we are taking all the necessary steps to avoid this from happening
in the future."
In the press release, officials explained that Ozzy died on Aug. 14,
and was discovered by his handler at approximately 3:40 p.m. "At the
time of his death, Ozzy and his handler were both off-duty and Ozzy was
inside the officer's department issued K-9 vehicle," the release read.
"Our K-9 vehicles are outfitted with fail/safe equipment that is meant
to generate an alert. At this time, we believe this alert may not have