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UPDATE: Brown County K9 dies at PGA championship at Whistling Straits

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UPDATE (WKOW) --- The Brown County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating the K9 officer's death after his partner found him unresponsive Wednesday.

According to a Brown County press release, K9 Wix was in the squad car with the air conditioning on, but the unit failed.  They also say the squad car is equipped with a K9 heat alarm, but it did not activate.

K9 Wix is a 3-year-old Malinois and has been with the department since April 2014.  Wix was partnered with Deputy Lemberger and specialized in explosive detection.  They were at the PGA Championship to assist with security.

Deputy Lemberger is now coping with the death of his partner. "He's holding out," Capt. Sandberg of the Brown County Sheriff's Office said of Lemberger. "It's rough for him because it's like losing a member of your family and is very hard on him, very hard on him."

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Wix was the fifth police dog to die in a hot car across the country this summer.


(WBAY) The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is holding a news conference this afternoon on the unexpected death of a K9 officer.

The sheriff’s office says K9 Wix died Wednesday afternoon while on assignment at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

The news conference is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.   We will bring you updates on this story.

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