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Alabama Police Dog Dies After Handler Leaves Him in Hot Car

June 25, 2015  | 

Mason, a community relations dog for the Gulf Shores Police Department died after being accidentally left in a hot car. (Photo: Gulf Shores PD)
Mason, a community relations dog for the Gulf Shores Police Department died after being accidentally left in a hot car. (Photo: Gulf Shores PD)

An Alabama police dog died after its handler accidentally left the animal inside a hot car, Gulf Shores police said this week.

Mason, a community relations dog that was not involved in the arrests of suspects, died at 11 p.m. Friday, a day after police said its handler, Cpl. Josh Coleman, left the animal inside a hot car.

Police did not say how long the dog, named Mason, was left inside the vehicle but said Coleman changed duties on Thursday and later remembered that the dog was left in the back seat of his patrol vehicle. Coleman took the animal to a veterinarian for treatment, but the following night the animal went into respiratory distress, NBC News reports.

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Tone @ 6/25/2015 10:06 PM

Is the pain like equally the same if a child was left in the car? What is going on when this neglect happens? I could only imagine the distress that dog felt sitting in that car dying a slow and torturing death. In LE these dogs are treated like family and to leave this dog in a hot car is inexcusable. .....Shame on this officer for not forgetting his partner the way he did.........

Bull321 @ 6/26/2015 6:57 AM

How the hell do you leave your partner in the car to die? What a dumbarse.

Tschako @ 6/27/2015 9:12 AM

Fire his dumb ass! If for nothing else, fire him for destroying city property. There's no excuse for this, and we ARE held to a higher standard. This was incomprehensibly stupid.

Tschako @ 6/27/2015 9:20 AM

Fire his stupid ass!! This was incomprehensibly stupid! LEO's ARE held to a higher standard, and this caused the death of one that we consider family. If an officer can be fired for wearing boxer shorts with the Confederate flag, this dolt should be fired. If nothing else, charge him with destroying city property, and fire him.

kevCopAz @ 6/27/2015 10:32 AM

Man., sorry for the officers loss, but really? I know where my PETS are all the time, let alone my partner. This has happened far too often. The lack of concern or plain stupidity that some K-9 officers exhibit is astonishing. We had a K-9 officer in Az prosecuted for this under cruelty to animals statues. Perhaps this is what needs to be done.

Trigger @ 6/27/2015 10:36 AM

Unbelievable, forgot,
Did he forget to load his firearm, did he forget to show up for work, did he forget to eat. He obviously remembered to put Mason in the patrol car. Termination is the only answer.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/27/2015 4:12 PM

Tons of stupidity and forgetfulness at play here. May the dog rest in peace. I hope there are no officers like this chasing down that remaining escaped convict or he's liable to walk right past him.

Ds5252 @ 6/27/2015 9:20 PM

He's hurting enough I'm sure. Circumstances happen where we almost kill ourselves things can happen it's like starting to walk into the street without looking... Dumb yes, inexcusable yes, deadly yes but it happens. Anyone who's never made a huge mistake can condem him without compassion. He's so so wrong yes but I'm sure he felt nothing but love for his partner. This does not sound like intentional animal neglect it seems more like an accidental discharge.. Not enough safety precautions were taken. Ease up, don't forget or quickly forgive but ease up on your brother.

Tone @ 6/29/2015 12:59 AM

Yeah Ds5252 he should be forgiven and we should have compassion, absolutely! When this officers dies someday, I hope God allows him to connect with this dog in dog heaven. And he probably get bit in the butt.

EODK9Trainer @ 7/1/2015 12:28 PM

Charge him with whatever animal abuse crime was committed. Absolutely NO excuse will work here. I trained and worked K9's for most of my 30 year police career and never once forgot a partner in my car and no one else within my large department did either.

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