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2 Maryland correctional dogs die of heat exhaustion

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 9/1/2015
In this June 6, 2013 file photo, an inmate transport van departs from the Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore. © AP Photo/Patrick Semansky In this June 6, 2013 file photo, an inmate transport van departs from the Baltimore City Detention Center in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE — Officials say two Maryland correctional dogs died from heat exhaustion when a vehicle's air conditioner failed.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services tells The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1KoALBp) one of its bloodhounds, Kojack, and a Dutch Shepherd named Dingo, were taking part in operations Aug. 25 to transfer prisoners from the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Department spokesman Gerard Shields says the dogs were in a car where the air-conditioning system stopped working properly. Shields says one dog died at the scene and the other died the next day.

Shields says the department is investigating whether any policy or procedures were violated. He says he doesn't know how long the dogs had been in the car or how long the dogs had worked for the agency.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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