May 9, 2014 8:28 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say an Arizona Department of Corrections service dog that died last month had been left in its handler's vehicle for about seven hours.
The DOC released its initial criminal investigative report Friday into the April 9 death of the K-9 named Ike at the state prison in Buckeye.
The report says Ike was found dead in the back of a handler's SUV, which was left parked and unattended at the Lewis complex after he left work early to be with his sick child.
The 7-year-old dog was inside the SUV from 6:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. when the temperature outside hit 98 degrees.
A necropsy determined the dog died by elevated body temperature.
The DOC is recommending the Maricopa County Attorney's Office charge the handler with cruelty to animals.