Police dog dies after being left unattended in vehicle

Specialist Trotta and Juno (Source: Cincinnati Police K-9 Unit's Facebook page)
Specialist Trotta and Juno (Source: Cincinnati Police K-9 Unit's Facebook page)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police say one of their police dogs has died after accidentally being left unattended in a hot vehicle.

The dog, named Juno, died Thursday. He was assigned to Police Specialist Brian Trotta.

Investigators say Trotta was responding to a family medical emergency and inadvertently left the canine unattended in his police vehicle.

Trotta is a 13-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department who has been assigned to the Canine Unit since April 2009. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Colonel Vincent DeMassi says he's worried about Trotta after the passing of his partner Juno.

"I am very concerned about Brian," says deMassi. "This was an accident and Brian had a medical emergency and took his attention away from what he was doing and Brian is feeling a tremendous sense of loss."

Trotta was shot in the leg while in the line of duty in 2005. Demassi calls him a cops' cop.

A veterinarian at Mount Lookout Animal Hospital says it only takes a few moments for dogs to be overcome by heat. It's unknown how long the dog was left in the car.

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