Police K9 dies from heat exhaustion while tracking suspect in Georgia

Posted at 5:22 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:22:53-04

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A police K9 in Georgia died from heat exhaustion on Thursday while he was tracking a suspect, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Officers say it happened around 3 p.m.

Eli was deployed to follow a suspect who was running away on foot after a vehicle pursuit.

Officers rushed Eli to a vet when he started showing signs of distress half-an-hour into his tracking.

His condition deteriorated at the vet and he passed away, police say.

K9 Eli served the department for eight years.