Monday, January 30

Iowa police dog, K-9 Bear, dies after left in patrol car for 22 hours


An Iowa deputy is under criminal investigation after his police K-9 partner died after being left in his patrol vehicle for almost a full day — on a day when experts say temperatures likely reached triple digits inside the vehicle.

The police dog, Bear—who served as a K-9 officer at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, an area just north of Des Moines—died in September, new court documents reveal.

A search warrant, made public last week, shows Bear was found dead in Sgt. Dallas Wingate’s truck after being left in for about 22 hours, from 10 pm on Sept. 1 to about 8 pm on Sept. two.

Story County Attorney Tim Meals, who is taking over the case over concerns of conflict of interest, said his office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating. Meals and the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation will decide whether charges are filed against Wingate.


www.usatoday.com

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