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Arizona prison department investigates dog's death

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Correction says one of its dogs has died under circumstances that warranted a criminal investigation.

The department says the dog died April 9 at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye and that the case was referred to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office on Thursday.

Department spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says little information can be released on the dog's death, including the cause and exactly where in the prison complex the dog was when it died.

However, Lamoreaux says the death wasn't related to an inmate.

And he says an administrative investigation will be conducted once a department employee connected with the matter returns from leave.

Lamoreaux says the department uses dogs for various purposes, including tracking escapees, extracting people and sniffing contraband.

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