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Florida K-9 Killed by Lightning Strike

August 26, 2014  | 

The Beach Police Department has lost one of its K-9 officers after a deadly lightning strike Sunday night.

K-9 officer Argo was found motionless in his kennel behind a Firenzo Avenue residence Sunday evening about 6:30 p.m. after a thunderstorm passed through Bay County. Panama City Beach police said it appeared Argo had been struck by lightning before the daughter of his longtime handler, PCBPD Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the K-9 dead, the News Herald reports.

Police reported Argo, a Belgian Malinois, had been left in the kennel during the storm because Gleason was en route to a training session. Argo had most of the hair missing from his right front leg above the paw, possibly singed from the lightning strike, according to the PCBPD incident report.

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k9night @ 8/26/2014 9:00 PM

My deepest sympathy for you, your family, your department, and the community you serve. I noted that the article said he was enroute to training. If this was a department event, they should have insisted that he bring his partner, in the event that an incident happens where their specific expertise is needed. We are not just handlers for 8, 10, or 12 hours. We are handlers 24/7. It baffels me how any agency would not encourage their handlers to have their partner, equipment, and car; ready and with them as often as possible.

TheRookie @ 8/26/2014 10:31 PM

Condolences goes out to the Department, Office Gleason, & may K-9 Officer Argo R.I.P.
Like with the Mills, Wyoming incident handlers/partners don't ever wish ill will upon their most loyal & dedicated Law Enforcement Partner(s). Tragedies do happen & sometimes in the most unfortunate ways. At least officer Gleason's agency is standing with and behind him.

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