Two police dogs were found dead in an unmarked SUV outside a Florida police officer’s home Wednesday, prompting an internal affairs investigation, which is ongoing.
Hialeah police said K-9 Officer Nelson Enriquez apparently left the dogs in the vehicle at the end of his midnight shift early Wednesday.
The officer found the dogs around six hours later, police said.
Enriquez has been a Hialeah police officer for 13 years and has handled K-9s for seven years, police said.
At a news conference Police Sgt. Carl Zogby said the deaths were a terrible tragedy and the dogs were beloved.
Zogby said Enriquez, who is married with two children, was also attached to the dogs, and was distraught.
Officers at the department wore black and navy striped mourning bands across their badges Thursday.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.