MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A prison search dog in Alabama that was injured after sniffing synthetic marijuana was expected to make a full recovery, but now authorities say he has died.
The Alabama Department of Corrections announced the dog, named Jake, died over the weekend when he developed pneumonia.
The prison system said the dog was searching a housing dorm for contraband at Staton Correctional Facility with emergency response teams. Jake became unresponsive after alerting on a powdery substance that turned out to be synthetic marijuana.
On Tuesday, more than 350 law enforcement officers and 150 #ADOC correctional officers collaborated at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer to find and remove illegal contraband from the prison. Learn more about the operation: https://t.co/VaQldZDtMU pic.twitter.com/L57wOSGV1C
— Alabama Department of Corrections (@ALCorrections) July 18, 2019
— ODMP.org (@ODMP) July 22, 2019
Veterinarians initially said he was improving after suffering an allergic reaction. Then his condition deteriorated over the weekend when he developed a secondary infection.
Al.com reports a funeral with full honors will be held for Jake and Gov. Kay Ivey also commended Jake’s service to the state.
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