DPS dog "Jeg" euthanized after being forgotten in hot cruiser

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DPS dog "Jeg" euthanized after being forgotten in hot cruiser

CREATED Jul 12, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell   Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The K-9 with the Department of Public Safety was euthanized Thursday afternoon after veterinarians said his condition continued to deteriorate, according to Officer Carrick Cook with DPS.

In a press release issued late Thursday afternoon, DPS stated that the decision to euthanize Jeg was made by Canine District commander Capt. Jenna Mitchell

DPS Officer Korey Lankow is responsible for leaving the K-9 in his patrol car for an hour while he responded to an emergency call.

Lankow was present, along with friends and family, when Jeg was euthanized. DPS tells 9OYS Lankow was by Jeg's side throughout the entire ordeal, even laying on the floor next to Jeg's kennel.

Jeg served with Lankow for three years. He was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Lankow came to DPS in October 2005, after a 22 year career with the U.S. Air Force.

He became a K-9 officer in 2009.

Lankow remains on administrative leave in this incident, and Tucson Police is conducting the criminal investigation.