ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A K-9's has died after he collapsed while on the job, according to the Department of Natural Resources in Georgia.
The department's Law Enforcement Division said on their Facebook page the K-9 named Gauge was with his handler RFC Tim Hutto on Tuesday when it happened.
DNR officials said Gauge and Hutto were working to find a firearm in a felony investigation when Gauge suddenly collapsed.
Gauge was rushed to a veterinarian who discovered the K-9 had a fast-growing, inoperable cancerous tumor on his heart that had ruptured.
The Law Enforcement Division said RFC Hutto and Gauge had been partners since 2010, and made a difference in several cases that would not have been possible without Gauge.
Officials said Gauge had been with the Department of Natural Resources for nine years.
A statement from the division said Gauge will be greatly missed.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues.