- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s prisons chief is making changes within the drug interdiction unit following the death of a 2-year-old dog who was left in a hot vehicle after a training exercise.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Thursday that Totti the dog’s handler and his supervisor were reassigned at Rockview State Prison outside State College and a review is underway to determine if discipline is merited.

A senior officer with military experience handling dogs is taking over as leader of the drug interdiction unit.

Totti died after spending about three hours locked in a car on July 7.

He died at a veterinary clinic from a heat-related seizure.



Wetzel says the Office of Special Investigations and Intelligence concluded Totti’s death wasn’t intentional but the corrections secretary says that’s no excuse for what occurred.

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