HOUSTON (August 23, 2013)--The Harris County Sheriff's Office was investigating Friday after a K-9 unit dog that was left in a deputy’s patrol car died of heat exhaustion.
Sheriff's spokesman Alan Bernstein said the deputy was placed on administrative leave until the internal affairs investigation is finished.
The dog died Aug. 14 after the deputy arrived home, became distracted and left the dog in the car, Bernstein said.
The deputy is a 20-year veteran of the sheriff's office and has been with the K-9 unit for 12 years, he said.
Bernstein says sheriff's officials are considering options for preventing similar incidents involving the K-9 unit’s dogs.
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