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Arizona police officer suspended in hot car death of K-9

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 15:54:58-05

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona police officer has been suspended without pay for 20 hours after his police dog died from a heat stroke inside the officer’s car.

A report from the state Department of Public Safety says Maricopa police Officer Craig Curry left his K-9 named Ike inside his patrol vehicle with the engine running while he went into police headquarters for a meeting in June 2020. After over an hour and a half, Curry went back to his vehicle and realized it had turned off.

The high that day was about 108 degrees. Ike was euthanized the following day.