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Georgia K-9 Dies After Being Left in Hot Patrol Car

July 20, 2015  | 

A Conyers, Ga., police K-9 died Thursday evening after being left for hours inside his handler's patrol car. Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, was found dead at the handler's residence in Rockdale County, Georgia.

The bloodhound worked as a tracking dog with the department for four years, three with his handler, Cpl. Jerahmy Williams, according to Conyers Police Department spokeswoman Kim Lucas.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office responded to Williams' home Thursday and is conducting an investigation with the county district attorney's office, CNN reports.

Williams came home from a 12-hour shift at work and went to sleep feeling ill, according to Lucas. When Williams was getting ready for work in the afternoon, he discovered Zane dead inside his SUV, which was parked in his driveway. The dog had been in the car about 10 hours, Lucas said.



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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/20/2015 2:24 PM

I would venture to say that no one is sicker than Officer Williams at this time. He obviously did not intend to leave the dog in the car, however than is what happened and we don't know what his state of mind was at the time he arrived home. May Zane rest in peace and condolences to his department and Officer Williams.

Sp23 @ 7/20/2015 5:51 PM

Why do we continuously hear about k9 handlers leaving their dogs in their cars? How do you forget about you're partner?? This needs to stop. It's not an accident...this is gross negligence, verging on criminal negligence and their should be a punishment that is equal for this negligence.

Corporal James Barth @ 7/20/2015 9:18 PM

R.I.P. K9 Zane, may God bless you and keep you in his loving care as you travel over the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for your service and loyalty. You'll be missed.

DEADMAN @ 7/20/2015 9:25 PM

Prosecute the officer ,what he did was irresponsible.

761R @ 7/21/2015 8:39 AM

What is wrong with this new generation of officers we are hiring? We read of this constantly now. I have never known a K-9 handler who would have forgotten his partner in the car in the olden days not so far gone. Do they also run off and forget their children in their personal cars?

WUP @ 7/22/2015 5:35 AM

Not again. He needs to be prosecuted. Send a message that you can't do this. Forget your partner?

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