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Rutherford County K-9 Officer Slowly Recovering

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Sgt. Lee Young comforts Ely after the K-9 collapsed from the heat Sunday while chasing a suspect. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office) Sgt. Lee Young comforts Ely after the K-9 collapsed from the heat Sunday while chasing a suspect. (Credit: Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

by Chris Conte

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Rutherford County K-9 officer has been slowly recovering after collapsing while tracking a shooting suspect.

"I don't know any other animal that would give it's life or work so hard for you," said Rutherford County Sheriff's Sgt. Lee Young about his 3-year-old K9 named Ely.

For two days Ely was in critical condition at the Williams Animal Hospital in Murfreesboro after collapsing in 90-degree heat during a massive manhunt for a shooting suspect.

As a result of the heat stroke, Ely suffered internal bleeding, some hemorrhaging and even damage to his intestines.

Sgt. Young has spent countless hours over the past few days sitting on the cold kennel floor of the animal hospital with his trusty partner laying his head on his lap.

"I try to come by in the mornings come by in the evenings just to make sure he's alright and let him know I haven't abandoned him. I don't want him to get depressed," he adds.

Sheriff Robert Arnold said he plans to recommend they get funding for cooling vests for the K-9s to use in hot weather, as well as heat sensors for patrol vehicles.

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