UPDATE: Corrections K-9 dies after getting sick during drug search at Alabama prison

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An Alabama Department of Corrections K-9 has died after getting sick during a contraband search operation at a prison in Elmore County last week.

Corrections K-9 Jake lost his balance and became unresponsive on July 18 while searching a Station Correctional Facility housing dorm for drugs.

“When the K9 became ill, prison officials immediately evacuated the dorm and requested assistance from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Unit,” officials said in a release.

Nurses at the facility were able to stabilize Jake after performing CPR and giving him an IV. Jake was later transported to the veterinary clinic at Auburn University, where treatment continued.

“On Friday, Jake’s condition had improved but on Saturday he began to develop complications,” officials said. “Clinical staff said Jake had developed pneumonia and his vital signs were abnormal. At approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, the clinic reported that Jake had passed away.”

ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said Jake likely saved the lives of others by detecting the contraband first. The contraband was initially thought to be synthetic marijuana, but further testing is pending.

“This is a difficult time for our ADOC family and especially for Sgt. Jones and those assigned to our K9 Bureau who worked with Jake on a daily basis,” Dunn said Corrections. “I extend our deepest condolences for the loss of this noble K9 who honorably served the State of Alabama and for ultimately giving his life while protecting the public.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey today issued a commendation in honor of Jake’s service.

“This K9 died in service to public safety and in service to the state,” Ivey said in a statement. “Jake is an example of the goodness, the loyalty and service that our four-legged friends provide. We certainly lost a loyal companion.”

A burial service will be held later this week.

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