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K-9 dog dies while searching for suspect

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Posted: Aug 29, 2011 5:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: thibodaux, louisiana, dog, k9, search, death, heat, collapse, lafourche parish, sheriff's office, deputy, wbrz

THIBODAUX, La. - A Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 dog collapsed and died while searching for a suspect over the weekend.

Sheriff Craig Webre says that "Possum" died during the search for a suspect who police said was fighting with a state trooper shortly after midnight Saturday.

WDSU-TV reports that after a short break, about 2:30 a.m., the dog suffered a major seizure, which caused his body temperature to spike in the hot temperatures. Webre says Possum died en route to the veterinarian.

Webre says deputies worked tirelessly to save the dog, by cooling him immediately with ice and water and performing CPR.

The sheriff's office says the cause of Possum's seizure is unknown, but doctors said it could have been linked to a brain tumor or other neurological or vascular abnormality.

IMAGE: Lafourche PSO, via WGNO

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