Police K-9 dies chasing suspect in 90-degree Georgia heat

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A police K9 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 release says the 8-year department veteran had been tracking the suspect for about 30 minutes in 90-degree weather.

It says the 9-year-old dog was quickly taken to a local veterinarian for treatment but didn't recover. Police say they'll release more information later.

The details surrounding the chase and the suspect are unclear.

K-9 Eli became distressed today while tracking a suspect. He was rushed to a vet but unfortunately passed away. Please...

Posted by Gwinnett County Police on Thursday, May 23, 2019

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