Today, the LBPD announced the death of K-9 Ozzy in an effort to keep you, our community informed. However, we want to provide additional clarification, this unfortunate incident was not intentional, preliminarily we believe this was an accident and we are taking all the necessary steps to avoid this from happening in the future.
On August 14, 2019, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Long Beach police K-9 Ozzy was located deceased by his handler. The department immediately initiated a bureau review into all the equipment, our protocols, and circumstances of the accident.
At the time of his deaht, Ozzy and his handler were both off-cuty and Ozzy was inside the officer’s department issued K-9 vehicle. Our K-9 vehicles are outfitted with fail/safe equipment that is meant to generate an alert. At this time, we believe this alert may not have been working.
A veterinarian examination of Ozzy and the preliminary results determined the cause of death to be heat related.
Once this review is completed, the department will assess this tragic accident and ensure it does not happen again.
We ask that you respect the handler and his family. Our department is mourning Ozzy’s loss as we would with any of our employees, our K-9’s are an indispensable part of our department, and we will continue to view them as our partners.
Currently, all of our patrol K-9 handlers are checking their Heat System Controller prior to every shift and will continue to do so as part of their daily protocols.
The article and photo above were released on August 23, 2019 by the Long Beach Police Department.