K-9 Eli
 - Photo: Gwinnett County Police

K-9 Eli

Photo: Gwinnett County Police

A police K-9 in Georgia suddenly fell ill while chasing a suspect and died.

News outlets report the Gwinnett County police dog named Eli was working with his handler in Snellville on Thursday when he began to show symptoms believed to be heat-related. A police statement says the eight-year department veteran had been tracking the suspect for about 30 minutes in 90-degree weather, reports the Associated Press.

The agency posted on Facebook, "K-9 Eli became distressed today while tracking a suspect. He was rushed to a vet but unfortunately passed away. Please keep GCPD & his handler Officer Bonanno in your thoughts as we mourn the sudden loss of this brave K-9."

K-9 Eli of the Gwinnett County Police Department died after he fell ill while tracking a suspect.
 - Photo: Gwinnett County Police

K-9 Eli of the Gwinnett County Police Department died after he fell ill while tracking a suspect.

Photo: Gwinnett County Police

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