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A police dog with the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department died after being left in her handler’s hot patrol car. Temperatures in the area have been in the triple-digits with “feels like” temperatures of up to 107-degrees outside of the vehicle. The deputy responsible for her death has been relieved of duty.
Jola, a 5-year old drug detection dog with the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department, was left in Deputy Latham Roldan’s patrol car without proper care for more than 20 hours. She was found dead in the car on Monday. Deputy Roldan was immediately placed on administrative leave until an internal investigation determined he was at fault for her death. Roldan was fired from the department on Tuesday.
Former Deputy Roldan had been with the department for more than 7 years and had been Jola’s handler since 2012.
The case will be reviewed by the County Attorney’s office to determine if Roldan will face charges.