The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is holding a news conference this afternoon on the unexpected death of a K-9 officer.
The sheriff’s office says K-9 Wix died Wednesday afternoon while on assignment at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
“Wix was a valuable member of this agency and community and will be sadly missed by all,” read a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office says Wix was in a squad car with the engine running and the air conditioning on. A deputy conducted checks on Wix during the morning. At about 12:30 p.m., the deputy found Wix non-responsive in the back of the squad. The air conditioning unit was not working and a K-9 heat alarm failed, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Bay East Animal Hospital are investigating to determine the cause of death.
Wix was a 3-year-old Malinois. He had been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since April 2014.
The K-9 was a patrol dog trained in tracking and explosive detection.
The news conference is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Action 2 News will be there and bring you updates on this breaking news story.