A New Orleans police dog left unattended in a police vehicle in late May died from shock likely associated with heat stroke, after ripping up the car's seats in a desperate attempt to get out, according to a report obtained by the Metropolitan Crime Commission.
Primo, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, collapsed at a veterinarian's clinic with a temperature of 109.8 degrees, a necropsy report by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory shows.
Later transferred to the Southeast Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Clinic in Metairie, Primo got emergency treatment, but died after suffering three seizures, according to the report obtained by the Crime Commission, an independent law enforcement oversight group.
A dog's body temperature, under normal conditions, is slightly higher than a human's, with medical texts warning that dogs need to be immediately cooled off if temp
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