Stinnett Police Chief Andrew Trahan confirms the department's only active K-9 police dog has died from an apparent heat stroke.
Trahan said the officer who is responsible for taking care of the German Shepherd, Luna, left her for about 36 hours outside in a kennel, and came home to find her dead.
The officer told Trahan he did provide Luna with enough food and water for the 36 hours. According to the department Luna and another dog, a retired K-9, were both outside; the retired dog was okay when the officer got home.
The city purchased Luna in November 2013 for a little more than $10,000.
Trahan said "Rumors of Luna being locked inside a garage without food and water is just that, a rumor."
The department ordered an autopsy of Luna which concluded, "The clinical history is strongly suspicious for death by heat stroke."
Trahan said as of now the department doesn't plan to replace her.