A police dog left in the back of a car died from heatstroke, an investigation has revealed.
PD Ivy made the headlines last yearwhen thousands signed a petition for his former handler, Sergeant David Evans, to keep her when he retired. A request which was denied.
Ivy died at a training exercise in Worcester in July 2018 after she was left in the back of a police vehicle with a broken fan.
When her handler returned to the vehicle, PD Ivy was found to be unresponsive and CPR was attempted. She was rushed to the vets with the police car using its emergency blue lights.
West Mercia Police appointed another force to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding and leading up to her death.
A post-mortem examination confirmed that PD Ivy died as a result of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, brought on by heatstroke.
Staffordshire Police has made recommendations into the handling and welfare of West Mercia Police dogs which the force will be implementing.
West Mercia's Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell said:
In response to the recommendations, West Mercia Police has said they are committed to providing dog handlers with formal training and a qualification in canine first aid. The force will also be investing in new technology that can accurately monitor temperature and humidity within vehicles.
A designated dog welfare officer has now been appointed to conduct regular checks on police dogs at all training events.