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Sallie James Staff Writer

A Coral Springs police dog has died after being left inside an unmarked police car for about two hours, authorities said Thursday.
It was unclear why the dog's handler, an undercover narcotics officer, left the animal in the vehicle Wednesday while the car was not running.
Hieke, an 8-year-old wire-haired terrier and Labrador mix, was found dead about 2:45 p.m.
"It appears to be an accident," police spokesman Sgt. Joe McHugh said. "The officer is extremely distraught and upset. The officer was on-duty, working a case, when the dog died, McHugh said.
Police are not releasing the handler's name because he works undercover. Police are conducting an investigation to determine if there was negligence. The officer has not been placed on leave, McHugh said.
Marked police cruisers that are used to transport K-9s typically have alarms that sound if the temperature inside the car gets too high. McHugh said the vehicle had an alarm, but it didn't go off.
McHugh said the officer has been a K-9 handler for 14 years.
It's the second police dog death in Broward County in as many months. On July 17, Broward Sheriff's Office K-9 Oozi, a Belgian Malinois, was shot to death in Miami Beach after a suspect accused of assaulting his girlfriend led police on a car chase into north Miami-Dade County.
In November 2006, Astro, the K-9 partner of a Port Everglades bomb squad detective, died when the air conditioning failed in a car in which the male Belgian Malinois was left.
The chase ended in the parking lot of Mount Sinai Medical Center. When the suspect refused police orders to step out of his car, Oozi was sent in to apprehend him. With Oozi in the car, police opened fire after seeing Lewis reach for what they thought was a gun. Oozi was struck and killed by flying bullets. More than 500 K-9 handlers and 200 dogs attended a funeral for Oozi, held in Cooper City.

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Poor pup...I hope he didn't suffer.
 

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Florida Officer Not Charged in K-9's Death

SALLIE JAMES
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

A police officer whose K-9 dog suffocated inside his unmarked car in August will not be charged, authorities said Monday.
The Broward State Attorney's Office said it has declined to prosecute because the officer did not intend for the Aug. 27 death to happen.
Assistant State Attorney David Schulson said the officer thought he had taken Hieke, a 9-year-old wire-haired terrier and Labrador mix, to the kennel as he had many times before.
When he went to collect Hieke from the kennel and she wasn't there, the officer discovered the dog was still in his police car, Schulson said.
The dog had been left inside with the engine off for about four hours, police said.
The officer, whose name has not been released because he works undercover, remains on duty.
Coral Springs police spokesman Sgt. Joe McHugh said the officer has been a dog handler for 14 years.
The case is being reviewed by the department's Internal Affairs unit, McHugh said.
The officer "remains tortured to this day by the mental lapse which caused him to leave Hieke in his car when he assumed she was safely in the kennel area where he had left her hundreds of times over the years," the State Attorney's report said.
The report said the officer "loved" and did not "abandon" Hieke. It called the death "tragic and accidental."

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Florida Officer To Be Suspended After Dog Dies In Car

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. --
The Coral Springs Police Department has decided to suspend for three days an officer whose dog died after being left in a hot car.
Hieke, a dog that worked in drug detection for the Coral Springs Police Department, was found dead in an unmarked police car on Aug. 27. Investigators said the car was off, and the dog died because of the heat.
The state attorney's office in Broward County decided not to file criminal charges against the Coral Springs police officer in charge of Hieke.
After an internal investigation, the Coral Springs Police Department announced Wednesday that it has decided to suspend the detective for three days without pay because he "did not properly care for his dog."

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