SMYRNA — A K9 was found dead inside a vehicle at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on Sunday, Bureau of Prisons Deputy Chief Paul Shavack said.
Mr Shavack said Lux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, was found dead by his handler in a marked Delaware Department of Corrections K9 vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle was parked, secured and idling, he said when the incident was announced on Wednesday.
Lux was assigned to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Mr. Shavack said.
A press release described the incident as “tragic” and said the Department of Correction was “saddened” to report the news.
The incident is currently being investigated by the Department of Correction and the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to determine the circumstances surrounding K9 Lux’s death.
“A thorough and complete investigation is continuing and further details regarding the details of the incident will not be released at this time so as not to compromise the integrity of the investigation,” Mr Shavack said.
Additionally, he said, Lux was certified in patrol operations and contraband detection.
While he cannot disclose the specific number of K9s deployed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center due to operational security, Shavack said there are 26 K9s deployed statewide.