A police K-9 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, died Thursday after chasing a suspect in 90-degree heat.
Police said Eli, a 9-year-old police dog, and his handler Officer Bonanno, were called to help track a suspect who ran from officers.
Within 30 minutes of the chase, Eli, an eight-year veteran with the department, started to shows signs of distress, which were believed to be related to the heat, AJC reports. The dog was then taken to a veterinarian for treatment. He died later that night.
“We mourn the loss of this courageous K-9 and will provide more details at a later time,” Gwinnett police said in a news release. “Please keep Officer Bonnano and his family in your thoughts.”