Long Beach Police dog named Ozzy dies in handler’s hot car in California

Long Beach Police(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- A Southern California police K-9 named Ozzy died in his handler's hot car, launching a review of equipment and protocols by the department.

The Long Beach Police K-9 and his handler were both off-duty when the officer found Ozzy dead inside the department-issued K-9 vehicle on Aug. 14, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The death, which was determined to be heat-related, is believed to be an accident, police said.

Ozzy's death was immediately reported to the department, which "initiated a bureau review into all the equipment, our protocols, and circumstances of the accident," police said Friday.

The K-9 vehicles have "fail/sale equipment that is meant to generate an alert," but the police department said it believes the "alert may not have been working."

"Currently, all of our patrol K-9 handlers are checking their Heat System Controller prior to every shift and will continue to do so as part of their daily protocols," police said.

When the bureau review is finished, police said, "the department will assess this tragic accident and ensure it does not happen again."

"Our department is mourning Ozzy's loss as we would with any of our employees," police said.

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