Police K-9 dies in hot car; Officials say air conditioning broke

Courtesy: WBAY/Brown County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the unexpected death of a K-9 officer.

The sheriff’s office says K-9 Wix died Wednesday afternoon while on assignment at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

“Wix was a valuable member of this agency and community and will be sadly missed by all,” read a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office says Wix was in a squad car with the engine running and the air conditioning on. A deputy conducted checks on Wix during the morning.

At about 12:30 p.m., the deputy found Wix non-responsive in the back of the squad. The air conditioning unit was not working and a K-9 heat alarm failed, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Bay East Animal Hospital are investigating to determine the cause of death.

Wix was a 3-year-old Malinois. He had been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since April 2014.

The K-9 was a patrol dog trained in tracking and explosive detection.

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