Trending Now West Coast

Police K9 Ozzy Dies in Car from Heat-Related Causes

Police K9 Dog Ozzy
Police K9 Ozzy Dies in Car from Heat-Related Causes

Police K9 Ozzy Dies in Car from Heat-Related Causes

A K9 with a police department in California died of apparent heat-related causes in an official vehicle.

The police dog, called Ozzy, and the officer were off-duty when the dog was found dead last week.

Infinite Appliance

Infinite Appliance in San Jose, CA

Fugitive Watch Patreon Ad

Click on this ad to become a Patron

The officer, who is not going to be identified, reported the dog’s death and an investigation is underway, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The 6-year-old dog, a half Belgian Malinois and half German shepherd, was found dead in the vehicle at roughly 3:40 pm on August 14.

‘A veterinarian examination of Ozzy and the preliminary results determined the cause of death to be heat-related,’ Long Beach police public information officer Arantxa Chavarria said in a statement.

‘Our K9 vehicles are outfitted with fail-safe equipment that is meant to generate an alert. At this time, we believe this alert may not have been working.’

Chavarria claimed the kit includes a heat-controller system that uses a cellphone app to signal when the vehicle is getting too warm.

Another mechanism provides a ‘manual button that only shuts down the system when activated by the handler,’ she said.

Chavarria declined to say if it was normal that a K9 should be left in a car alone in a department-issued car.

All K9 handlers have been checking their vehicle’s heat system controllers before every shift since Ozzy’s death, she said.

Temperatures in Long Beach on the day Ozzy died were between 81F and 84F, records by Accuweather show

Ozzy had worked as a K9 for more than five years. During his time, he assisted numerous groups including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

‘We ask that you respect the handler and his family,’ Chavarria said. ‘Our department is mourning Ozzy’s loss as we would with any of our employees.

‘Our K9s are an indispensable part of our department, and we will continue to view them as partners.’

Temperatures on that afternoon were between 81 and 84 degrees, records by Accuweather show.

The Humane Society of the United States says that leaving pets locked in cars is never safe.

It warns that ‘high temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.

‘Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent.’

NOTICE: All persons depicted are presumed to be innocent unless proven to be guilty in a court of law. The and notations appearing on this are TRADEMARKS and NOT an expression of fact or opinion.

AVISO: Todas las personas representadas son presumidas de ser inocente a menos que resultara culpable en un tribunal de justicia. y anotaciones que aparecen en este sitio son MARCAS REGISTRADAS y NO una expresión de hecho o de opinión.

COMMENT ADVISEMENT: We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

AVISO DE COMENTARIO: Damos la bienvenida a tus pensamientos, pero por el bien de todos los lectores, por favor abstenerse de la utilización de obscenidades, ataques personales o insultos racistas. Todos los comentarios están sujetos a nuestros términos y condiciones del servicio, y podrá ser retirado. Reincidentes pueden perder privilegios comentar.


Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Francisco Bay area police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, We can also be found on social media such as InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local business, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.

Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 1000 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.

Leave a Comment