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N.C. deputy reassigned after K9 died from being left in cruiser

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 15:25:20-04

A North Carolina sheriff’s office K9 is dead and its deputy handler reassigned after the animal was left in the handler’s cruiser overnight.

The Duplin County Sheriff says Deputy Kevin Williams was on duty when he got a call that his child was sick and needed to be picked up from school.

When Williams arrived home, he fed the dog but forgot to take Kela out of the cruiser.

The dog was found dead the next morning.

Kela was a Belgian Malinois trained to track down people and narcotics. She had been with the office for four years according to WITN. 

Deputy Williams has been reassigned to courthouse bailiff.

The sheriff says the District Attorney’s Office did not bring charges against Williams because there was no criminal intent.