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PHOENIX -- Prosecutors declined to file animal cruelty charges against the handler of an Arizona Department of Corrections service dog that died after being left in a vehicle for seven hours.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that prosecutors who reviewed the case concluded there wasn't a reasonable likelihood of winning a conviction.

The dog named Ike died April 9 at the state prison in Buckeye.

The 7-year-old dog was found dead in the back of the handler's unattended SUV that after he left work early to care for his sick child.

The dog was inside the vehicle as the outside temperature reached 98 degrees.

The Department of Corrections used dogs for various reasons, including tracking escapees and sniffing out contraband.

Associated Press,

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