Are Ford Crown Victorias high-risk for police dogs?
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2004:
MURPHY, N.C.–A Ford Motor Company spokesperson told
Asheville Citizen-Times staff writer Jon Ostendorff on September 2,
2004 that the company is unaware of any problem with the air
conditioning system of Crown Victoria Interceptor police cruisers
that might pose an inordinate risk to police dogs left temporarily
unattended in the vehicles, but Ostendorff quickly identified three
recent deaths of police dogs in recent-model Crown Victorias, and
ANIMAL PEOPLE identified two more.
Ostendorff was aware of the deaths of overheated police dogs
on July 15 in Muleshoe, Texas; August 4 in New Bern, North
Carolina; and August 19 in Murphy, North Carolina.
Queno, an 8-year-old German shepherd trained to detect
explosives, died on July 30 when senior corporal Alex Garcia, his
handler for seven years, left the dog alone for four hours in a
Crown Victoria cruiser at the end of his shift.
Gino, an 11-year-old German shepherd, died along with
Calgary police constable Darren Leggett’s own pet German shepherd on
September 1. Koko, a six-year-old German shepherd police dog,
survived. A police investigation attributed the incident to a
In September 2002 ANIMAL PEOPLE noted five other deaths of
dogs in police cars, but the only vehicle identified by make in file
information about those cases was a Chevrolet Tahoe.