BCSO, Animal Care Services are investigating
A Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy is on administrative duty after two of the Sheriff's Department's working dogs died after being 'inadvertently' left in a cruiser overnight, 1200 WOAI news reports.
A news release from the Sheriff's office says Deputy Steve Benoy in the department's canine unit is 'completely devastated' by the death of the dogs.
The Sheriff's Department says it's officers and San Antonio Animal Care Services is investigating. ACS spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says they are providing technical expertise and advice to the investigation.
The dogs apparently died of heat exposure. Temperatures in the area didn't fall much below 80 degrees overnight, and temperatures would have been a lot higher in a closed vehicle.
Deputy Benoy is said to be a 23 year veteran of the sheriff's department with an 'impeccable record.'
"Deputy Benoy has been a dedicated officer during his career; he has never received any discipline during his tenure with the Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz said in a statement. "It is my belief that this is a tragic accident. However, the Sheriff's Office is following standard procedures in conducting a thorough investigation."