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Cop Suspended After Police Dog Dies Of Heat Stroke In Patrol Car

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File photo of a police dog. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Bennettsville police officer has been suspended without pay for two months after his police dog died in a car of heat stroke.

Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil says Officer Robert Miller will also be placed on probation for 90 days following the suspension and can no longer be a K-9 officer.

The chief said the dog, named Tank, died Monday when he was left in a patrol car with no water and the windows up as Miller went into the department to do some paperwork.

McNeil said Miller did not mean to stay as long as he did and immediately took the dog to a vet when he realized Tank was in trouble.

McNeil said an investigation found no criminal intent and no charges will be filed.

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