Hero Down: Long Beach Police Department K9 Ozzy Dies Of Heat Exhaustion

Long Beach Police K9 Ozzy served his department for over five years.

Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) K9 Ozzy died of heat exhaustion in the back of his partner’s patrol vehicle on Aug. 14.

“Our K-9 vehicles are outfitted with fail-safe equipment that is meant to generate an alert,” LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria told the Los Angeles Times. “At this time, we believe this alert may not have been working.”

K9 Ozzy’s partner found him dead inside the patrol vehicle at approximately 3:40 p.m., police said.

They were both off-duty at the time.

“A veterinarian examination of Ozzy and the preliminary results determined the cause of death to be heat-related,” according to Chavarria.

Temperatures in Long Beach reached between 81 and 84 degrees that day, the Los Angeles Times reported.

K9 unit patrol vehicles are equipped with a heat-controller system that sends a signal to the officer’s cellphone if the vehicle is getting too hot, Chavarria said.

A second system provides a “manual button that only shuts down the system when activated by the handler,” she told the paper.

The department confirmed that an internal investigation into the events leading up to K9 Ozzy’s death is underway, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“This unfortunate incident was not intentional, preliminarily we believe this was an accident and we are taking all the necessary steps to avoid this happening in the future,” Chavarria told KTLA.

The six-year-old, half German shepherd and half Belgian Malinois served LBPD for over five years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He also assisted outside agencies, such the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, throughout his career.

“We ask that you respect the handler and his family,” Chavarria told the Los Angeles Times. “Our department is mourning Ozzy’s loss as we would with any of our employees. Our K-9s are an indispensable part of our department, and we will continue to view them as partners.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Long Beach Police Department in the loss of K9 Ozzy.

Comments (25)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, K9 Ozzy. Thank you for your service to the Long Beach Police Department.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

don't people normally get charged for this kind of incident?

Gemmamidori
Gemmamidori

If he was off-duty, why was he in the car alone?

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Disgusting! The number of K9s that roast to death in patrol cars is waaay too high! I call BS! A kid knows enough not to leave a dog in a car w/windows up or barely cracked in that kind of heat!
Why was he even in the car when Off Duty?! In that heat, a responsible dog owner would take the dog HOME & Then do whatever he wanted w/o the dog, being the dog was obviously not going to be involved anyway. Bet that car went over 200 degrees!
What a HORRIBLE, SLOW DEATH!!! NEVER give that irresponsible POS a K9 AGAIN!!!
NO sympathy, except for poor Ozzy, who suffered so needlessly.🐾 His handler needs to be charged w/negligence & animal cruelty! But of course, they never are.
K9s have died while their careless handlers have been out enjoying lunch, while their dogs roasted to death in the car.
Just DISGUSTING!!!

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

Oh boo hoo , get another dog

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

This mistake is breathtaking in its ignorance and carelessness. A dog trusts it’s human minder unconditionally. It would seem in this case that this noble virtue is the creatures most vulnerable weakness. Plus, how is a piece of equipment “fail safe “ if it is apparently not to have been working during the incident? I bet the handler doesn’t forget to check the charge on his personal mobile phone.

tfort
tfort

New title,

“ K9 Killed by Dumbass Handler, Handler to be Charged with Murder of Police Officer”.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Would the reliance on computer equipment be a valid defense if this was a civilian with a dead kid in the car?

tfort
tfort

“We ask that you respect the handler and his family”........... that will be a no. Fire the idiot and charge him. Better do a welfare check on his kids.

WhatADan
WhatADan

Sounds like all you K9 handlers know what you’re talking about.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It is legal for California residents to break into a vehicle to save an animal they think has been left unattended and is suffering. That law went into effect in 2017.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad

chipsmom
chipsmom

This breaks my heart even more because Ozzy didn't need to be in the vehicle in the first place. You should never count on anything mechanical to be reliable. That's why we don't totally count on the safety of a gun to prevent it from firing as it can fail. Unless my dog was traveling with me out of town during the summer, he was never left in our vehicle unattended. I left him with the a/c on only to run in a rest area to use the bathroom. Even then I literally ran to and from the facility. Meals were acquired through a drive-thru so I wouldn't have to leave him in the vehicle. I don't know if he officer should be fired, but I feel he should definitely be removed from the K9 unit.

We9erfam
We9erfam

RIP K9 Ozzy thank you for all you did in you're 5+ yrs of service to LBPD now go to K9 heaven with you're fellow K9 brothers and Sisters run and play Ozzy they will take watch from here.

skeeter
skeeter

If they were off duty, why was he left in the car and why did the officer stop that long after getting off duty for the K9 to die. Something is wrong here.

Bruceniv
Bruceniv

RIP ozzy, sad how he had to suffer. Hope all K9 teams learn from this and install failsafes for the failsafes.

Havenriker
Havenriker

You don't leave your best friend unattended for that long ever!

usac95
usac95

Long Beach request We ask that you respect the handler and his family my only respect is to K9 Ozzy godspeed this officer needs a suspension and when back walk a beat for a mom