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.