A 3-year old police K-9 with the Gulf Shores Police Department in Alabama is dead after a tragedy that could easily have been avoided.
The dog, a Yellow Lab named Mason, and his handler had attended a hurricane preparation conference in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Thursday.
After the conference, Corporal Josh Coleman simply forgot that Mason was in the backseat of the patrol car and left him there.
It wasn’t until several hours later that Coleman realized his K9 partner was missing and found him in distress in the back of his patrol car. Mason was rushed to a veterinarian, but passed away on Friday evening.
Corporal Coleman will not face criminal charges.