- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin sheriff says a police dog assigned to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits had been left in his partner’s car for 47 minutes before being found dead.

The K-9 named Wix and his handler, Brown County Deputy Austin Lemberger, were assisting with security at the tournament Aug. 12. Brown County Sheriff John Gossage says Lemberger took the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois (MAL’-in-wah) for a short walk, and the deputy made sure Wix had water and that the air conditioning was working.

Gossage says Lemberger found the dog unresponsive in the car less than an hour later. The sheriff’s office says the air conditioning had stopped working, and the car’s K-9 heat alarm didn’t activate.

Press-Gazette Media (https://gbpg.net/1MCuC4W ) reported Tuesday that the maker of the heat alarm has offered to help in the department’s investigation.

This story has been corrected to say the deputy and police dog were assisting with security on Aug. 12, not Aug. 13.


Information from: Press-Gazette Media, https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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