JIM WELLS COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A sheriff's deputy in south Texas has been fired after his specially-trained narcotics dog was found dead in a hot car.
In Jim Wells County, near Corpus Christi, Deputy Latham Roldan had worked with the dog named Jola for about three years. And until Monday there had never been a problem.
But that's when authorities found Jola dead in Roldan's patrol car.
The sheriff says Roldan apparently forgot the dog at the end of his shift on Sunday.
He says now Deputy Roldan could face criminal charges.
Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez said, "just because we are police officers, and we do wrong, that doesn't mean we don't pay for it. if we did wrong, we're going to pay for it."
Jola cost the department more than 57-hundred-dollars.
The sheriff has now ordered the three remaining K-9 handlers to begin regular daily check-ins with supervisors.