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Police K9 dies from heat exhaustion while tracking suspect in Georgia

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Posted at 4:50 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:02:03-04

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.

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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.

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

K9 Eli served the department for eight years.