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Drug dog dies in hot car

August 5, 2004

Albany-- A Drug Unit Dog dies from the heat after being left inside a scorhing hot car.

Will, a five year old Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) drug sniffing dog died from heat prostration July 21st. His handler, Lt. Jessie Smith, forgot the dog when he parked his car outside the Drug Unit Office on Pine Avenue. Another officer noticed the dog, but he was already dead.

"It's just a tragic accident," said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Capt. Andy Exum. "There was no intention. It was not intentional by the handler."

The dog had lived with Lt. Smith for more than four years. The Policy and Review Board that oversees the Drug Unit is investigating, but no action has been taken.

The Drug Unit has one other dog in its K-9 unit.

updated at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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