Fla. K-9 killed by lightning strike

Police Chief Drew Whitman says dog's handler is having a "hard time" dealing with the death


Associated Press

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.

The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.

In a March 9, 2014 photo, Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service in Parker, Florida. (AP/The News Herald, Heather Leiphart Image)
In a March 9, 2014 photo, Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service in Parker, Florida. (AP/The News Herald, Heather Leiphart Image)

The News Herald of Panama City reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, indicating a lightning strike.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a "hard time" dealing with the dog's death.

Argo replaced Gleason's former K-9 partner Poncho who disappeared and was presumed dead in 2009 while tracking suspects in the woods.

Argo had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 in illegal narcotics.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

Associated PressCopyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  1. Tags
  2. K-9

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

logo for print