Published: Aug 26, 2014 11:24 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.- A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.
The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.
The News Herald of Panama City ( ) reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, which indicates a lightning strike.
Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a "hard time" dealing with the dog's death.
Argo replaced Gleason's former K-9 partner Poncho who went missing and was presumed dead in 2009 while tracking suspects in the woods.
Argo had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 in illegal narcotics.
Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald,

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