DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department K9 died of apparent heat stroke Thursday after his handler failed to remove him from the back of his squad car.
According to a release from DeKalb County Sheriff Don Lauer, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer Courtney Fuller and K9 Mojo returned home from duty around 3 p.m. Thursday. Fuller, though, became distracted by a “situation” with his newborn child and never removed Mojo from the back of his county squad car.
Fuller noticed Mojo was not in his kennel around 7:15 p.m., Lauer said. He went out to the squad car and found Mojo dead of an apparent heat stroke.
Fuller immediately contacted his supervisor, who contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an investigation, according to Lauer.
Mojo was taken to Purdue University for a necropsy to officially confirm the cause of death.
Fuller, who served as the SRO at Eastside Junior/Senior High School in Butler with Mojo, has been placed on suspension pending the result of the investigation, Lauer said.
“The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department regrets this tragic mistake and mourns the loss of one of its members,” Lauer wrote in a release.
No other information was provided.
On Monday, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department refused to comment on the incident. A receptionist told NewsChannel 15 that Lauer and a lead deputy weren’t available, and said the Allen County Sheriff’s Department would handle questions.
A spokesperson with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident, refused to discuss the probe. It’s not clear when the investigation will be completed.
Neither department would release a photograph of Mojo or Fuller.