Posted 9:30 PM 8/23/2012 : Police report reveals details about death of DPS patrol dog
TUCSON -- A Tucson Police report obtained by News 4 Tucson sheds new light on what led to the death of a patrol dog after being left inside a DPS officer's car for hours.
The Pima County Attorney's Office decided not file charges against the officer in this case.
However, Officer Kory Lankow will face a misdemeanor charge from the city, which has yet to be filed.
The report indicates that officer Lankow responded to a number of dispatch calls when he lost track of his patrol dog, Jeg. One account shows that the left him in the car for almost two hours in the summer heat, with the windows rolled up.
Lankow acknowledged in the report that in order to become a K-9 handler, he did have to undergo heat exposure training.
The veteranarian consulted in the report indicated that the dog was in shock when he arrived, bleeding at the skin and suffering from a heat stroke. The dog's condition worsened overnight and had to be euthanized.
DPS officials will not comment on the details citing their own internal investigation that is underway.
"They are doing a thorough investigation of everything that occurred, not just with this incident," said Bart Grave, a spokesman for DPS. "What actions by the officer were reasonable as opposed to unreasonable...if policies and training needs to be updated and all kinds of things are being looked at internally."
The report also reveals that the patrol dog was previously being treated for Valley Fever. DPS refused to comment on whether the department was aware of this or not.
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