KINGMAN, Ariz. – A Kingman police dog that became overwhelmed by the heat while searching for lost hikers has died.
Kingman police say Amigo died Saturday morning at a veterinary critical care facility in Las Vegas.
According to authorities, the K9 officer assisted searchers Wednesday after two injured hikers became stuck on the top of a mountain range by White Cliffs.
The hikers were found and taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Police say Amigo showed signs of heat exhaustion and was immediately transported to a local veterinary clinic.
Despite showing signs of improvement, police say Amigo suffered a sudden medical trauma and succumbed to his injuries.
The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois had been with the department for one year.
He was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and handler protection.