The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has lost a K9 after a handler left the dog in a hot patrol car for several hours during the day. Sheriff Brad Freeman called this an "avoidable accident." He says K9 Khan was a healthy 4-year-old dog who worked in drug operations and helped with tracking. Sheriff Freeman says Deputy Willie Barkley, a sergeant at the time, was working the overnight shift on May 13 into May 14. He worked overtime, wrapping up reports in the driveway of his home. But at the end of his shift Friday morning, Freeman says the deputy accidentally left his patrol partner, K9 Khan, in the patrol car. It wasn't until after Barkley woke up later on Friday to the feed the K9 that he noticed Khan wasn't in his pin. Freeman says Barkley found Khan dead in the car.
The deputy has been demoted.