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Hialeah Cop Dogs Die in SUV Parked in Officer's Driveway

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 09:45 AM

Hialeah police are investigating the death of two cop dogs that were found dead after one of its officers left them in the back of his Ford Explorer SUV with the engine turned off.

Patrol officer Nelson Enriquez has been suspended with pay until investigations by the Davie Police Department and Hialeah Police internal affairs are completed, according to the Miami Herald. Enriquez got off his overnight shift Wednesday morning and left the two police dogs – a bloodhound named Jimmy and a Belgian Milionis named Hector – in his SUV in his driveway in Davie. He returned several hours later to find the dogs dead.

Enriquez is a 13-year veteran of the department and worked with the K9 patrol for the past seven years.

"He entered his home sometime in the mid-to-late morning and left the dogs in the vehicle," Hieleah Police spokesman Carl Zogby told WFOR-TV. "He discovered sometime late afternoon, probably preparing for his next shift, he discovered what had happened. He discovered the dogs in his car, in his driveway. You can imagine his reaction at that point. Like I had said before, these are two beloved members of his family."

Hialeah police told WFOR-TV they believe the dogs may have been in the SUV for as long as six hours. The television station reported that Jimmy was donated to Hialeah Police by the Jimmy Ryce Foundation.

The foundation, according to the television station, was named after a nine-year-old Florida boy who was kidnapped while walking home from school. The Jimmy Ryce Center provides bloodhounds free to law enforcement to find abducted and lost children, according to its website.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of two remarkable police dogs from the Hialeah Police Department, Jimmy and Hector," said Don Ryce, executive director of the Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abductions.

"The Jimmy Ryce Center donated Jimmy the bloodhound to the Hialeah Police Department seven years ago. Our mission is stronger than ever and with the public's help we hope to be able to raise funds to replace these dogs," he said.

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