Hancock County sheriff's K9 died after an equipment failure in his police
New Cumberland, WV – Hancock County
Sheriff’s K9 Midas died in the line of duty from complications associated with
heat stroke on his third anniversary of the day he joined the sheriff’s
“It is with great regret and sadness
that I inform and announce the passing of K-9 Midas of the Hancock County
Canine Unit,” the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post on their
page on July 30.
department explained that k9 Midas was on duty in his vehicle kennel when the
police cruiser’s air conditioning unit failed.
Although the Hancock County Canine
Unit’s vehicles are equipped with backup alarms that monitor the temperature in
the police vehicle, and can open the back windows and activate a fan if the
temperature gets too high, those failsafe measures did not perform as designed.
When his handler, Hancock County
Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Hoder returned to the vehicle and discovered K9 Midas
in distress, he took immediate steps to save the police dog who had also become
a family member, the sheriff’s department said.
Deputies attempted to lower K9 Midas’
body temperature by packing him in ice for the trip to the Town and Country
Animal Hospital in Wheeling.
The Wheeling Police Department was
notified of the emergency transport, and assisted deputies by meeting the
transporting police vehicle with more ice at the city limits, the sheriff’s
department’s press release said.
Initially, K9 Midas recovered after
receiving emergency care at the veterinary clinic and the clinic sent positive
updates to Deputy Hoder throughout the day.
But then as he began feeling better,
K9 Midas became too active for his condition so the veterinarians had to sedate
him so he would rest, the sheriff’s department explained.
Unfortunately, K9 Midas still managed
to pull out his catheter which the clinic believed allowed a blood clot to be
dislodged, and the dog died immediately.
K9 Midas was four years old, and
would have celebrated his third anniversary of the day he was introduced to the
sheriff’s department on the day he died, according to WTOV.
K9 Dies from complications of heat
stroke treatment:3 years ago today K9 Midas introduced to Hancock Co. Details
on the tragedy 6:00 @WTOV9
David Singer (@DavidWTOV9)
His partner, Deputy Hoder, is a
15-year veteran of the sheriff’s office with 11 years of experience as a police
K9 handler, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Patrick Hoder in the loss of K9