(WXYZ/CNN) -- A veterinarian in Michigan reportedly admitted to leaving his 2-year-old Labrador retriever in a hot car overnight and finding him dead the next morning.
Dr. Martin McLaughlin told WXYZ it was “embarrassing” that he left the pup named Trigger in the vehicle last week, but didn't think being in the hot car for an extended time caused the dog’s death.
McLaughlin claimed Trigger was having some stomach issues the day before. However, he chose not to have a necropsy performed on the dog to determine the cause of death
He also told WXYZ the dog has been buried.
A veterinary technician who worked at the McLaughlin Veterinary Hospital resigned on Friday after hearing about Trigger's death, according to the station.
“He was more than Marty’s dog. He came to work with him every day,” said the former employee, who asked to remain anonymous. “It was really hard for me. I lost it.”
Huron Township Police Chief Everette Robbins said the department launched an investigation into the dog’s death after someone filed a complaint on Wednesday.
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