A San Diego police dog found in the back of his handler's police vehicle last month died as a result of heatstroke, according to county investigators.
The Department of Animal Services said that the 5-year-old dog died after he was left in the car in temperatures over 100 degrees and with the windows rolled up.
Officer Paul Hubka, who is currently serving desk duty, reported that he discovered his dog in the car which was parked in his driveway in Alpine. Although the exact time is not known, authorities say the dog could have been left in the vehicle for at least seven hours.
The Police Department is reportedly awaiting for prosecutors to finish their investigation before conducting their own administrative investigation.