K9 officer John Greene and his dog Nitro sit in their car at the DPS station in Detroit before a chase. Some police K-9 vehicles are now equipped with alarms that are meant to alert officers when the vehicle starts heating up inside. But if alarms and air conditioning fail, temperatures can soar to dangerous heights in a matter of minutes, putting dogs’ lives at risk.

Despite Safeguards, 2016 Sees Rise In Heat-Related Police Dog Deaths

Of 16 police dogs which have died this year, 11 died as the result of being left unattended in vehicles parked in areas with soaring temperatures.