ARLINGTON, Texas — A north Texas police department is mourning the lost of its K-9 partner, which died after a search for a suspect in very high temperatures.
Mojo, a canine officer with the Arlington Police Department, was “overcome by the heat” while helping serve a felony warrant on Tuesday.
The dog and his handler, Vince Ramsour, were dispatched to aid in the search of the fugitive who had fled from officers.
A little more than an hour later, Mojo appeared overheated and Ramsour requested his immediate transport to the hospital.
The temperatures in the north Texas city have been in the low- to mid-90s, with heat index values near 100 degree Fahrenheit.
Mourning a partner
Mojo was taken to an animal hospital, where he died shortly after.
“Today, we experienced a significant loss to our APD team,” Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said in a statement on the APD Facebook page. “Mojo was an exceptional K-9 partner, friend and served the citizens of Arlington honorably.”
Mojo, a Belgian Malinois, joined the department when he was 2 years old in 2010. Along with his handler, he assisted officers in searching for violent offenders, narcotics and evidence.
The subject of the pursuit was apprehended Tuesday afternoon.
Forecasters have predicted that this week will bring some of the hottest temperatures of the season for parts of the United States. Just as people must look after themselves in hot weather, they should also watch for signs of heat illness in their outdoor pets.
“As a dog becomes heat stressed, they will start panting and drooling excessively,” Texas veterinarian Tom House said. “They may have muscle tremors and/or become wobbly before collapsing.”
If your pet starts to shows signs of heat exhaustion, House recommended the dog be immediately cooled with water, but not cold or ice water. The owner should also seek immediate veterinary attention for the animal.