LONG BEACH, Ca. – The death of a Long Beach Police Department K9 sparked more questions than answers when the circumstances surrounding his death were revealed.
On August 14, 2019, at around 3:40 p.m., K9 Ozzy lost his life when left in his handlers patrol vehicle when they were off-duty. The public announcement regarding his death came over a week later on the morning of August 23, 2019. Ozzy’s death is believed to be attributed to the heat inside the vehicle. It is unknown if there was some kind of mechanical failure in the vehicle leading to his death.
Ozzy was a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix who worked in the Drug Investigation Sections with his handler, Detective Chris Thue. Ozzy has worked with his handler for nearly 6 years, since he was only 6-months old.
Long Beach Police Department officials said that his death was immediately reported and a review into the circumstances has been initiated.
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