Florida police dog killed by lightning strike

By the Associated Press | August 26, 2014 | 12:35 PM EDT

In a March 9, 2014 photo, Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service in Parker, Florida. Argo died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, after he was struck by lightning from a passing thunderstorm in Panama City Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/The News Herald, Heather Leiphart) MANDATORY CREDIT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.

The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.

The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/1vi6k77) reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, indicating a lightning strike.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a hard time dealing with the dog's death.

Argo replaced Gleason's former K-9 partner Poncho who disappeared and was presumed dead in 2009 while tracking suspects in the woods.

Argo had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 in illegal narcotics.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com