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July 13, 2016

Pa. K-9 dies after being left in hot car

The trainer left the dog in the hot car for more than two hours

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K-9 death Pennsylvania Department of Corrections /Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Totti died on July 7 after being left in a hot car by his handler.

A Pennsylvania Department of Corrections drug sniffing K-9, named Totti has died after being left in the car for more than two hours by its handler.

The incident occurred on July 7, according to a statement from the state DOC on Wednesday. A full investigation into the dog's death is underway.

Totti, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, had reportedly participated in a Drug Interdiction Unit training exercise on the morning of July 7 after which the dog was locked in the car by its trainer at 12:15 p.m., FOX43 reported. 

Totti's handler, who wasn't named, realized the dog was still in the car at around 2:45 p.m. The state DOC release says the trainer and Drug Interdiction Unit then tried to hose down the dying dog to cool him off, including using ice, before rushing Totti to a vet clinic. 

The dog was still conscience at this time, the statement said, but Totti died of heat-related illness later that evening. 

Fox43 notes the dog's death came at about 7:30 p.m.

View the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections statement here.