A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida 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.

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Police dog Argo, seen with his handler Cpl. Jason Gleason, had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 US in illegal narcotics. (Panama City Beach Police Department)

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, indicating 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 canine team partner Poncho, which disappeared and was presumed dead in 2009 while tracking suspects in the woods.

Argo had four national certificates and helped seize about $25,000 US in illegal narcotics.