Neglect leads to security dog's death
SHREVEPORT - A Barksdale Air Force Base spokesman says heat stroke that resulted after his handler left him unattended in a car on a hot August day killed an Air Force security K-9.
Second Lt. Chris Sullivan says an investigation found that Caro's Aug. 9 death was due to handler negligence.
Sullivan says the handler left the dog alone in a vehicle for about two hours after their shift was completed. The National Weather Service says temperatures that day ranged from a low of 77 to a high of 95 degrees.
Sullivan says the handler, whose name has not been released, has been removed from his position and faces other disciplinary action.
An Aug. 15 memorial service and burial for Caro, a 7-year-old German shepherd who sniffed out explosives.
Image: Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua/USAF