A South Texas police dog is dead and his handler has been fired after the animal was left in a hot patrol car for more than 20 hours.
Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that Deputy Latham Roldan was initially placed on administrative leave Monday after the death of Jola, his K-9 partner.
Lopez said Roldan was fired Tuesday after an internal investigation determined that Roldan had left the dog in the car.
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No working number was listed for Roldan and he couldn't be reached for comment.