BUCKEYE, AZ - A Department of Corrections K-9 officer died last month after his handler left him in a hot department vehicle for hours, according to the initial investigative report.
According to the report, "Ike" was left in the back of his handler's SUV, locked in its kennel, without food or water for seven hours April 9 at the Arizona State Prison - Lewis in Buckeye, Ariz.
The officer left work early to take care of a sick child when he forgot he left the animal in the back of the vehicle, according to the report.
At 1:42 p.m., the handler contacted his supervisor and let him know what happened. That official then went to check on the animal, who was found deceased.
The 7-year-old dog was inside the SUV from 6:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. when the temperature outside hit 98 degrees.
A necropsy determined the dog died by elevated body temperature.
The DOC is recommending the Maricopa County Attorney's Office charge the handler with cruelty to animals.