K-9 left in hot cruiser dies

Dutch shepherd left in a car for more than two hours as temperatures reached the mid-80s

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW CASTLE, Ohio — A WKBN.com article has reported the death of Chico, a 6-year-old K-9 who was found unresponsive in the back of a cruiser over the weekend.

Police in New Castle, Ohio aren't releasing many details, but sources claim that on Saturday, Chico was left in the hot car for more than two hours. Temperatures reached the mid-80s that day.

The exact cause of death remains to be determined, but the canine was found in the cruiser's backseat, unresponsive. New Castle police Chief Thomas Sansone reported in a written statement that Chico was taken to a veterinarian where he then passed away.

Dave Blosser, an officer who has worked with Chico, calls him "just a really good asset to [the] community and [the] department." Blosser said that K-9 cruisers sometimes come equipped with a heat system alarm, but it is unclear whether a system was in place in this incident.

"This is like a pager system, and it will start vibrating and kick on at a high temperature," said Blosser.

Chico, a Dutch shepherd, joined the department in October 2009.The New Castle Police Department will have a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday at 815 Cunningham Ave.

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