Dogs & Laws

Mississippi K-9 Dies in Hot Patrol Car Parked Outside Police Department

A Vicksburg, Mississippi police K-9 died after his handler’s patrol car malfunctioned and shut off, leaving him trapped in the hot car.

K-9 Thor | Vicksburg Police Department

Vicksburg Police, and the entire Mississippi community he served since 2012, were devastated by the death of K-9 Officer Thor. An 8-year old German Shepherd, Thor was trained in both criminal apprehension and narcotics detection credited in more than 60 felony arrests and assisting in many drug cases.

Thor was found in distress at about 4:15pm on Tuesday, September 3, after the patrol car he was in malfunctioned and shut off, leaving him trapped inside without air conditioning. The vehicle was parked outside of the police station where temperatures had reached 95-degrees when the accident occurred.

Thor was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for care, but succumbed to heat-related injuries Wednesday morning.

Despite increased pubic awareness and the passing of laws across the country that make leaving animals in parked cars illegal, family pets and K-9 officers continue to die in hot cars every single year. Between 2011 and 2015, 46 police dogs died while locked in their patrol cars.

Heatstroke is so common, in fact, that it results in more deaths of K9 officers than gunshots, stabbings, and auto accidents each year. Heat-related incidents are the one of the most common causes of canine officer deaths, second only to medical and health-related issues.

The Vicksburg Police are ruling Thor’s death a tragic accident and it is unlikely that any charges will be filed. They have not announced whether additional safety measures and fail-safe procedures will be put into place to prevent such a tragedy in the future.




  1. Nanette M Valencia

    Sep 13, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I agree that cops get preferential treatment and that’s unacceptable considering they work for us

    He should be charged with killing an officer

    What would happen if it had been a human trapped in that car with handcuffs?

    These animals serve us and their lives are important.

  2. Olive

    Sep 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Bullshit!!! This fucking officer needs to charged with negligence just like any other civilian!!!

    • Elena

      Sep 17, 2019 at 3:11 am

      This person should be charged with animal abuse and homocide:He murdered that dog plain and simple

  3. Tom T

    Sep 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    The patrol car malfunctioned and shut off, leaving him trapped in the hot car. No criminal intent an accident without negligence! Use of a heat detection alarm maybe now can be on the purchase agenda. Build one using thermostat, batteries and external alarm set at desired temperature .

  4. Maz

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    This is unacceptable; car malfunctioned? NO the handler is responsible & should be arrested for animal cruelty.

    • Cindy Phillips

      Sep 5, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      I totally agree with the fact that the officer who left him in the car should be charged with “Animal Cruelty “. If it was me or any other regular citizen, we would have been charged with it. So , why not the officer ???

    • Shawn

      Sep 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Double standards for police ..if it were me or you that killed that dog ..we would be charged with murder of a police officer…

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