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Mississippi K-9 officer dies of heatstroke after deputy-the car engine is turned off, the authorities say

Dex, a K-9 officer with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, died after suffering a heat stroke.

(Hinds County Sheriff’s Department)

A K-9 officer in Mississippi, died this week after suffering a heat stroke inside a deputy’s car, officials said.

The dog, a 6-year-old belgian Malinois named Dex, was left in Hinds County Deputy Lafayette Martin ‘ s car while he ate lunch in a nearby restaurant.

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Martin left his 2016 Chevy Tahoe is performed, so that the K-9 would stay cool, but the engine sitting at a certain point, while the deputy was in the restaurant, the sheriff’s department said, according to Mississippi News Now.

Dex — a top drug detection K-9 with the sheriff’s department — died within hours, the news station reported.

Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Big Pete said the deputy was “horrible.”

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The sheriff’s department, which is sent to the Tahoe to be repaired, plans to install “hot car-alarms” in order to prevent a similar incident to occur in the future.

The device sounds an alarm and automatically lowers the car windows as the inside of a vehicle reaches a certain temperature, Mississippi News Now reported.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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