KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Kingman police dog that became overwhelmed by the heat while searching for lost hikers has died.

Kingman police say Amigo died Saturday morning at a veterinary critical care facility in Las Vegas.

According to authorities, the K9 officer assisted searchers Wednesday after two injured hikers became stuck on the top of a mountain range by White Cliffs.

The hikers were found and taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police say Amigo showed signs of heat exhaustion and was immediately transported to a local veterinary clinic.

Despite showing signs of improvement, police say Amigo suffered a sudden medical trauma and succumbed to his injuries.

The 3-year-old Belgian Malinois had been with the department for one year.

He was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and handler protection.


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