- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Heat stroke that resulted after his handler left him unattended in a car on a hot August day killed an Air Force security K-9, a Barksdale Air Force Base spokesman said.

“A thorough investigation found that Caro’s Aug. 9 death was due to handler negligence,” base spokesman, 2nd Lt. Chris Sullivan, tells The Times (https://bit.ly/ZoCm4u ). “His handler, a member of the 2nd Security Forces Squadron, unintentionally contributed to the death by leaving (Caro) alone in the vehicle for approximately two hours after the shift was completed.”

The National Weather Service said temperatures that day ranged from a low of 77 to a high of 95 degrees.

Sullivan said the handler, whose name has not been released, has been removed from his position and faces other disciplinary action.

A memorial service and burial for Caro, a 7-year-old German shepherd who sniffed out explosives, was held Aug. 15.

Sullivan said the base has adjusted its policies and procedures to incorporate additional precautionary checks to prevent future such instances.

Caro was accepted into the military working dog program in 2008. He had deployed to Iraq. Officials would not say how many such dogs are at Barksdale, home to two bomb wings and Air Force Global Strike Command, as well as the headquarters of 8th Air Force.

“Releasing the number of dogs we have on base would be a security concern,” Sullivan said.


Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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