An investigation is underway after a German shepherd serving with a Florida police department died inside a police car last week.
The body of Diesel, a K-9 with the Sebastian Police Department, was found Friday evening outside the Brevard County Courthouse in Melbourne.
The temperatures had reached 88 degrees that afternoon in central Florida, according to local reports.
Melbourne police and the Brevard County Sheriff's Animal Services unit are investigating the death, according to the Sebastian Police Department's Commander of Operations John Blackledge.
"As many of you have heard we suffered a tragic loss of one of our beloved K-9’s on Friday April 28, 2017," Blackledge wrote in a Facebook post. "Our entire department is saddened by Diesel’s tragic death; please keep us in your thoughts and prayers."
Blackledge did not identify the officer whose car the dog died in.
Blackledge said the Sebastian Police Department intends to undertake an internal administrative review of Diesel's death after the Melbourne police investigation concludes.
Officials have not revealed how long the dog was in the car.