At least eight dogs died on Thursday after the air conditioning in the truck transporting them to a K9 training facility in Michigan City, Indiana failed.
The dogs were being transported from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the facility when the AC unit stopped working. The driver was not aware of the problem until he arrived at the facility and saw that the dogs were in distress.
The dogs were taken to local veterinarian hospitals, but eight of them died. The other dogs are being treated for heat-related illnesses.
The Lake Station Police Department is investigating the incident. They say that the driver is not facing any charges at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.
The deaths of these dogs are a tragedy. They were being transported to a facility where they were supposed to be trained to help law enforcement officers. Instead, they died in a preventable accident.
This incident is a reminder of the importance of taking proper precautions when transporting animals. In hot weather, it is essential to make sure that animals have access to cool air and water. If the AC in a truck fails, the driver should immediately pull over and find a way to cool down the animals.
The deaths of these dogs are a loss to the community. They were potential service animals who could have helped to keep people safe. It is important to remember them and to work to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
The dogs were German Shepherds. They were being transported to the Lake Station Police Department K9 Training Facility.
The driver of the truck has not been identified. He is cooperating with the police investigation.
The police department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.