Police dog euthanized after being left in hot car


by The Associated Press

Video report by Kevin Keen, KGUN

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 5:28 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Officials say that a drug-sniffing dog for the Arizona Department of Public Safety had to be euthanized after being left unattended in a hot squad car for more than an hour.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that DPS has asked Tucson police to conduct a criminal investigation in the case.

DPS says the Belgian Malinois named Jeg was rushed to a veterinary hospital Wednesday.

His temperature was extremely high when he was found.

Jeg was left unattended after his partner, Officer Korey Lankow, was switching from one patrol car to another at DPS headquarters in Tucson.

Lankow was immediately sent to a rollover crash, but realized on the way that he had left Jeg in the first vehicle. The agency said Lankow was distraught.

According to DPS, Lankow and other friends and family were present when Jeg was put down.

Jeg had served with Officer Lankow for nearly three years. Prior to being assigned to Officer Lankow, Jeg had worked with another DPS K-9 handler.

Officer Lankow came to DPS in October 2005 following a 22-year career with the United States Air Force.

After his academy training, he was assigned to the Tucson Highway Patrol district for several years before being selected for the Border Crimes Unit. He became a K-9 officer in 2009.

Officer Lankow remains on administrative leave at this time.

The Tucson Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation into this incident and will consult with city and county attorneys.

The DPS Special Investigations Unit is conducting an administrative investigation looking into policy and procedures, training and equipment issues.

Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9 Euthanized