Investigation underway after D.C. police K9 found dead in car

Investigation underway after D.C. police K9 found dead in car

Authorities have launched an investigation after an explosives detection dog for the Metropolitan Police Department was found dead inside a police vehicle in Washington, D.C., Monday.

Police confirmed late Monday morning that Rocket, a seven year old Malinois Shepherd dog, was found dead inside a parked police vehicle. The MPD said that it regretted to announce the death of K9 Rocket, a long-serving explosives detection dog assigned by our Special Operations Division.

Investigation underway after D.C. police K9 found dead in car
An undated photo of Rocket, seven-year-old Malinois shepherd who was used as an explosives detection canine for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Rocket was found dead in a police car on Sept. 19, 2022.

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The cause of Rocket’s death is now under investigation.

According to police, all department K9 vehicles have a temperature monitoring system and alarm system that activates if the interior becomes too hot. Police are currently inspecting the vehicle to determine if the system is malfunctioning.

Temperatures in Washington, D.C., reached 85 degrees Monday.

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