EL PASO (August 21, 2013)--A malfunctioning air-conditioner led to the heat-related deaths of 10 dogs that were being transported to Fort Bliss in El Paso to train with customs officers.
The handlers of the German shepherds and Belgian Malinois made the grim discovery Monday while en route from a kennel in Denver, Ind., to the Fort Bliss.
Two other dogs were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion, and five others appeared to be fine.
It's not clear what kind of carrier in which they were riding.
They were bound for a canine center at the post and then were to be screened for use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Fort Bliss spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino told the El Paso Times the dogs "were essentially in an oven," and described the incident as "horrifying."