A police dog in South Carolina died after being left in a police vehicle for more than six hours on a 94-degree day. The dog’s handler has been suspended without pay for five days, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said. The Labrador retriever mix named Turbo was 22 months old. Turbo had been with his handler, Master Police Officer David Hurt, for seven months.
Hurt was getting active shooter training on July 26 and did not take the dog inside because of the loud noises. He left the air conditioning on in the vehicle and left his windows open, but for some reason turned off a heat alarm.
When Hurt returned to his vehicle, Turbo had white foam around his mouth. The dog was put to sleep two days later after suffering organ failure. Holbrook said, adding that he didn’t fire Hurt because he immediately took responsibility for his error.