By the time Coleman realized Mason was still in the car, it was too late. He was rushed to a veterinarian, but the damage was too great. He died in an animal hospital on Friday, June 19.
It seems as though this was a tragic mistake - but it's one that happens all too often. In the last seven years, at least 29 police dogs have overheated and died after being left alone in hot patrol cars. Because Mason was a "community relations dog," not an enforcement K-9, his handler's patrol car didn't have "remote heat alarms, water bowls, and other protective measures" that could have saved his life.