GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials don’t believe the heat is responsible for the death of a New Jersey police dog.

The Galloway Township Police Department says K-9 Blaze collapsed after starting a training session indoors Wednesday.

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Doctors at a veterinary hospital said the 6-year-old German shepherd’s temperature indicated the death was not heat-related.

Blaze had been a patrol dog since 2007 and was the partner of Officer Scott Winneberger.

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Police say the dog was responsible for numerous criminal apprehensions and drug detections.

Blaze is the second Galloway Township police dog to die this year. K-9 Sabre died of cancer in April.

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