K9 Wix

K9 Wix

Brown County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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K9 Wix died as the result of heat exhaustion after the A/C unit and heat alarm his handler's patrol car both failed.

Wix and his handler were on special assignment to the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Whistling Straights golf course near Kohler, Wisconsin. At approximately 12:30 pm, during of his handler's periodic checks, Wix was found unresponsive in the vehicle. The vehicle's air conditioner had malfunctioned since the prior check and the heat alarm installed in the cruiser failed to activate.

K9 Wix was training in tracking and explosives detection.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

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