Deputy leaves K-9 in cruiser overnight: Dog dies, no charges filed

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. -- A highly-trained K-9 died after a sheriff's deputy in North Carolina left the animal in his cruiser overnight.

The Duplin County sheriff says deputy Kevin Williams was on duty when he got a call that his child was sick and needed to be picked up from school.

Officials said Williams fed the dog when got home, but forgot to take “Kela” out of the cruiser.

The dog was found dead the next morning, according to authorities.

Kela was a Belgian Shepherd trained to track down people and narcotics.

The deputy was reassigned to courthouse bailiff.

The sheriff says the district attorney’s office did not bring charges against Williams because there was no criminal intent.

CNN contributed to this report.