HOUSTON (AP) - The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy after his K-9 dog died of heat exhaustion after being left in the deputy's patrol car.
Sheriff's spokesman Alan Bernstein said the deputy has been placed on administrative leave until the internal affairs investigation is finished.
Bernstein said the dog died Aug. 14 after the deputy arrived home, became distracted and left the dog in the car. He said the deputy is a 20-year veteran of the sheriff's office and has been with the K-9 unit for 12 years.
Bernstein said sheriff's officials are considering options for keeping similar deaths of K-9 dogs from recurring.
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