BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania prison officials are investigating the death of a drug-detecting police dog left in a hot vehicle for 2½ hours during a training exercise.
The state Department of Corrections says the 2-year-old yellow Labrador named Totti was left in the vehicle July 7 at the state prison at Rockview near Bellefonte in Centre County.READ MORE: Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly Faces Ethics Scrutiny Over Stock Purchase
Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden says the dog’s handler had stored training items in a vehicle at the end of the exercise and didn’t realize the dog was locked in the car. Dog handlers and other staff tried to cool Totti with a water hose and ice and took him to a nearby veterinary clinic, but he died that night.READ MORE: Community Members Rally For Justice In Death Of Jim Rogers, Man Tased By Pittsburgh Police
The department said Totti’s death “has been very devastating for everyone involved.”Congressman Glenn Thompson Being Treated For COVID-19 At Walter Reed Hospital
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