An investigation has been launched after two police dogs died in a car on Sunday, one of the hottest days of the year so far.

An investigation has been launched after two police dogs died in a car on Sunday, one of the hottest days of the year so far.
 
dog in carThe Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) animals, a Belgian malinois and a German shepherd puppy, were found collapsed in an unventilated vehicle at the force’s training centre in Keston, Kent.
 
A MPS spokesman said: “Staff were alerted to two police dogs having been left in an unventilated private vehicle.
 
“Entry was forced to the vehicle and two MPS dogs, a working Belgian malinois and a German shepherd pup, were found in a state of collapse. Both were taken to an emergency vets where they subsequently died.
 
“An investigation by the Directorate of Professional Standards into the circumstances of this incident has begun.”
 
The dogs were apparently left in the car by their handler, who was taken to hospital with injuries to his hands after he learned of the tragedy.
 
A statement from Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, said it was saddened to hear of the deaths.
 
It added: “While the cause of death is still to be determined, the charity would like to remind dog owners and police dog handlers that leaving your dog in a car can prove rapidly fatal, particularly during a heatwave.
 
“It can take just 20 minutes for a dog to die and temperatures can reach more than 40 degrees in some vehicles.”

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