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Mississippi police dog dies after being left in car

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NEW AUGUSTA, MS., (AP) - The accidental death of a police dog in Mississippi has evoked strong emotions from animal lovers. 

Napo, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, died more than three weeks ago after his handler left the animal in a Perry County Sheriff's Department car overnight.

It's not clear what killed Napo, but Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith tells the news station it could have been heat exhaustion or heart attack.

Reaction from animal advocates and others ranged from disappointment to anger.

Katherine Sammons, Founder Mississippi Animal Advocate Group, calls it "a very unfortunate situation all the way around."

Others on social networking have called for the officer's firing.

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