Georgia police dog dies after being left in hot patrol car

Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, died after spending seven hours in the back of Police Corporal Jerahmy Williams' patrol car. Conyers Police Department

CONYERS, Ga. (NBC NEWS) – A Georgia police dog died last week after his handler left him in a hot patrol car, authorities said.

Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, was found dead around 5 pm. ET Thursday at the home of Jerahmy Williams, his handler. NBC affiliate WXIA reported Zane had been stuck in the car for around seven hours.

Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, died after spending seven hours in the back of Police Corporal Jerahmy Williams' patrol car. Conyers Police Department
Zane, a 5-year-old bloodhound, died after spending seven hours in the back of Police Corporal Jerahmy Williams’ patrol car. Conyers Police Department

Police said Williams had come home feeling sick at the end of an overnight shift and fell asleep on the couch — apparently forgetting that Zane was still in the back of his parked patrol car, where temperatures approached the 90s. Williams was under the impression that he had taken the dog to the kennel behind his house, police said.

But by the time he realized his error, it was too late.

“When he got ready to go get Zane from the kennel … Zane was not in the kennel,” Wilson said. “And then it hit him that Zane was in the car.”

Williams had managed and trained the dog for four years, authorities said.

The officer has been placed on administration leave with pay. He could be charged with animal abuse and reckless conduct pending an international investigation.

Wilson told the station that Williams has a clean disciplinary record.

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