Sheriff K-9 working PGA Championship dies when squad AC malfunctions

Sheriff K-9 working PGA Championship dies when squad AC malfunctions
K-9 Wix

A Brown County sheriff’s K-9 died Wednesday while on special assignment at the PGA Championship in Kohler, according to a release.

Officials said K-9 Wix and his partner, Deputy Lemberger, were contracted to assist with site security.

Wix was put in the squad car with the engine running and the air conditioning on, according to the release. Lemberger checked on Wix throughout the morning, but around 12:30 p.m. he found Wix non-responsive in the back of the squad car and the air conditioning unit was not functioning properly.

The squad car is equipped with a K-9 heat alarm, which did not activate when the air conditioning unit failed, officials said.

Wix was a 3-year-old Malinois, according to the release. He has been a member of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office since April 2014.

“Wix was a valuable member of this agency and community, and will be sadly missed by all,” the sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page. “Our thoughts are with Deputy Lemberger while he copes with the loss of his K-9 partner.”