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Investigation underway after DC police K9 was found dead in car

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Authorities have launched an investigation after an explosives detection dog was found… Found dead in a police vehicle in Washington, DC, Monday.

Police confirmed late Monday that a handler found Rocket, a seven-year-old Malinois, dead in a parked police car.

The MPD “regrets to announce the death of K9 Rocket, a long-time explosives sniffer dog assigned to our Special Operations Division,” police said in a statement.

Investigation underway after DC police K9 was found dead in car
An undated photo of Rocket, a seven-year-old Malinois who served as an explosives sniffer dog for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Rocket was found dead in a police car on September 19, 2022.

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Rocket’s cause of death is now under investigation.

According to the police, all K9 vehicles in the department are equipped with a temperature monitoring and alarm system that is activated when the interior of the car gets too hot. The police inspect the vehicle in question to determine if the system is malfunctioning.

Temperatures in Washington, DC, reached 85 degrees on Monday.

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