SAVANNAH, Mo. (KAKE) - An anonymous donor has stepped in to buy a headstone for a Missouri K-9 officer who died after being left in a hot car last month.

The Savannah Police Department said Wednesday that the donor offered to purchase a permanent headstone for Horus and the department will work on getting it ordered. 

"The police department was informed that Horus was not able to be placed in the cemetery due to laws restricting this," Chief David Vincent said. "We have since learned that it is possible if an area is designated for people and their pets. The Savannah cemetery does not currently have such an area designated. If in the future that changes and it is feasible we will make every effort to move our friend to a more suitable location."

Horus died on June 20 after complications from staying in a car following an overnight shift. The investigation is ongoing. 

"I know this has upset many of our citizens, but please believe me that none of this was done to disrespect our K9 Officer, or diminish his service to this community. Horus was a great asset to our department and the community. I trusted this K9 around my grandchildren and they adored him," Vincent said. "I am upset and angry about what happened to Horus as everyone else is. Unfortunately I have been unable to discuss the circumstances of the incident while the MSHP conducts its investigation."


Previous story by The Associated Press:

Residents of a small western Missouri town are saddened and angered after a police dog died in a hot car.

The dog named Horus died June 20 following an overnight shift, Police Chief David Vincent said. In a Facebook posting on Wednesday, Vincent said he couldn't discuss the circumstances of the dog's death while the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts an investigation.

“Horus was a great asset to our department and the community,” Vincent wrote. “I trusted this K9 around my grandchildren and they adored him. I am upset and angry about what happened to Horus as everyone else is.”

Several residents of the town of 5,000 residents that sits about an hour's drive north of Kansas City posted that the person responsible for the dog's death should face criminal charges.

“The officer should be charged,” one man wrote. “Just as any member of the public would be if they had caused the dog’s death. No excuse at all.”

For now, Horus is buried in an unmarked gravesite. In another post, Vincent said an anonymous donor is buying a headstone. Vincent said city staff will maintain the site that will be “a place of honor.”