K-9 Duke dies after suffering from heat exhaustion while tracking individuals fleeing from Shenandoah County hit-and-run

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Authorities say Virginia State Police K-9 Duke is recovering from heat exhaustion after a tracking operation in Shenandoah County on Saturday, Aug. 28. (Photos: Courtesy Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit)

(WFXR) — The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that K-9 Duke has died.

Duke was taken to a vet over the weekend after showing signs of a heat-related illness while the dog and his handler Virginia State Police were tracking down individuals who fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash in Shenandoah County Aug. 28.

Both law enforcement officers and law enforcement canines around the commonwealth voiced support for their fellow K-9.

Because of the heat and humidity, authorities say Duke got overheated and was admitted to the emergency vet in serious condition.

Duke received fluids and blood transfusion throughout Saturday night, causing his condition to improve, “but he is not out of the woods yet,” the sheriff’s office said on Sunday, Aug. 29.

“Please keep K-9 Duke and Trooper Lewis and his family in your thoughts and prayers as K-9 Duke continues to receive treatment for his condition,” the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit wrote on Facebook. “Trooper Lewis and K-9 Duke are assigned to Fauquier County and work closely with our K-9 Unit. We are praying for a quick and full recovery!”

Virginia State Police shared pictures of a number of Duke’s fellow K-9’s around the Commonwealth, each sitting next to “Get Well” signs for Duke.

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