Services are pending for Minden Police K-9 officer Kash.
The four-legged friend to local law enforcement died Sunday evening at the home he shared for nearly four years with Ofc. Danny "Bo" Turner and his family.
Chief Steve Cropper said cause of death for the nearly nine-year-old dog remains unclear.
"We don't know if he got too hot – because he was outside," Cropper said. "It could've been a heart attack or heat stroke."
The chief said that while Kash wasn't afraid of much, storms seemed to upset him.
"There was thunder Sunday afternoon, and Bo was asleep since he had been working," said Cropper. "And if Bo isn't around ... Kash has been known to try and chew through metal, breaking his own teeth to get away from storms. The thunder may have really upset him."
Cropper said he hopes to have a service for Kash Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
"Rose-Neath Funeral Home is going to donate a headstone for him," Cropper said. "Dr. (Foster) Lott has played a big role in helping us with him, and the city will dig the grave, so he will be buried with the other K-9 officers."
Kash was donated to the Minden Police Department by Lackland Air Force Base in 2008.
"The military trains dogs, and if there is some reason the animals don't quite meet the military's criteria, then they donate them to police departments," he said. "Dogs like Kash can cost from ten to fifteen thousand dollars."
Although officers agree Kash is irreplaceable, without a donation – either monetary or another dog – the chief feels it will be difficult for the department to acquire another K-9 officer.