STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla. -- A Oklahoma sheriff's deputy was fired after his K9 died because he allegedly left him in his car for three days.
KFOR reports the incident occurred in early August and has since been turned over to the district attorney's office to decide the charges.
The K9, named Bak, had been a part of the team since it went into former deputy Matthew Peck's care four years ago.
"We were shocked, and we're saddened,” said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney, according to KFOR. “This is a loss of one of our deputies or K9 deputies."
Peck reportedly did not discover Bak's body until he was back on duty 36 hours later. He smelled the dog while on his way to court.
The investigation is ongoing.