Nyx was one of the best narcotics dogs the Wyoming law enforcement agency ever had.

But the black Labrador died of heat stroke in July after being locked in a patrol car outside a Mills Police Department station for about five hours as temperatures jumped from 53 that morning to at least 86 degrees.

Natrona County investigators have hit Officer Zachary Miller, the dog’s handler, with misdeaneaor charges of animal cruelty in connection to Nyx’s death, according to a Casper Star-Tribune report.

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