Police Dog Left In Car Dies POSTED: 6:07 am EDT September 7, 2007 UPDATED: 6:33 am EDT September 7, 2007 ACWORTH, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a K-9 unit police dog who apparently died of heat stroke after being left inside a patrol car. The dog, named Marco, died Monday after its handler got distracted while switching electronic equipment from one patrol car to another, Acworth Police spokesman Capt. Wayne Dennard said. The officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, was called inside the police station and returned to the patrol car later to find the dog dead. Dennard said he did not know how long the dog was in the car. Police did not release the name of the officer, a lieutenant who had worked with one other dog in his 10 years as a dog handler. Marco was a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois. The officer and Marco worked together for about five years. The dog was trained to detect narcotics and track missing people. The officer has been placed on paid leave while police investigate the death. "He is grieving," Dennard said. The officer had not been charged and the investigation will determine what happened, Dennard said. Earlier this week, Chandler, Ariz., police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty in the August death of a police dog who was left in his patrol car for more than 12 hours. An investigation found that the dog -- a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Bandit -- was in Lovejoy's patrol car from about 9 a.m. to shortly after 10 p.m. on Aug. 11. During that time, the investigation found, the officer ran errands, napped and ate out with his wife.