Beloved Floyd County Sheriff's K-9 officer dies from cancer

- K-9 Duke, a beloved member of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, died from cancer on Sunday.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office posted the news in a heartbreaking Facebook post Monday morning.

"We are saddened today as we mourn the loss of our beloved K-9 Duke. On Friday, April 28th, Duke performed his last duty with the sheriff’s office doing one of the things he loved most- school demonstrations. The day after his last demonstration with the amazing children and staff at Alto Park Elementary Duke fell ill. Duke spent his final hours with his family- the Allred’s. Deputy Allred, Duke’s partner, held him in his arms until Duke’s watch ended at 1:50pm on April 30th.," the post read.

The post continued: “On March 24, 2017, K-9 Duke had been taken to West Rome Animal Clinic where he was diagnosed with an abdominal bleed. Duke underwent emergency surgery to remove a ruptured tumor from his spleen. The surgery went well and Duke recovered quickly.

A biopsy of the tumor was sent to the lab. Lab results indicated that the tumor was Hemangiosarcoma (Canine Cancer). Duke was referred to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine Oncology Division. Oncologists at the University confirmed the diagnosis of malignant Hemangiosarcoma. At this point chemotherapy was ruled out as a viable treatment option."

Duke was a narcotics detection K-9 with the sheriff's office. 

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