School resource K-9 dies after being left in hot car

Sheriff Don Lauer said 'Mojo' suffered an apparent heat stroke


DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. – A school resource K-9 died after being left in a hot vehicle.

The dog, “Mojo” worked with his officer at DeKalb County schools in Indiana.

Fort Wayne’s NBC reports it happened Thursday when the dog's handler, Officer Courtney Fuller, was distracted by a situation involving his newborn child and left Mojo inside his assigned unit. The dog was discovered at 7:15 p.m.,though it wasn't clear how long he had been in the car.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department reported the death of the dog Friday afternoon.

In a news release, Sheriff Don Lauer said "Mojo" suffered an apparent heat stroke, leading to his death.

Mojo's remains were taken to Purdue University where a necropsy will be performed. An investigation into the matter is underway and Fuller has been placed on suspension.

The department said it "regrets this tragic mistake and mourns the loss of one of its members."

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