Florida police dog killed by lightning strike

  • Associated Press
  • August 26, 2014 - 11:31 AM

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.

The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.

The News Herald of Panama City ( reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, indicating a lightning strike.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a hard time dealing with the dog's death.

Argo replaced Gleason's former K-9 partner Poncho who disappeared and was presumed dead in 2009 while tracking suspects in the woods.

Argo had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 in illegal narcotics.

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