SAN ANTONIO -- Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz spoke to KENS 5 for the first time about two K-9s who died last week after spending the night inside a deputy's hot cruiser.
"Anytime something like this happens we do a thorough review," Ortiz said. "The incident is under investigation right now as we speak. But we're going to finish it as soon as possible."
The sheriff made the comments Tuesday night from his watch party for the runoff election, shortly after securing the Democratic bid for a re-election campaign.
The two dogs were found dead on July 27. The sheriff's office said in a statement that they were "inadvertently" left inside a deputy's cruiser and died from apparent heat exposure.
The sheriff was quoted in the press release, but had not commented on the K-9 deaths in any interviews with KENS 5 reporters.
Deputy Steve Benoy, the deputy responsible for the dogs, was placed on administrative leave.