ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Jake the K9 has died from complications after becoming ill during a contraband search operation at the Staton Correction Facility in Elmore County on Thursday, July 18.
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Original Story: An Alabama Department of Corrections K9 officer is recovering after having a medical emergency during a contraband raid.
ADOC K9 Officer Jake became unresponsive during a contraband search at Staton Correctional Facility Thursday. He came into contact with synthetic marijuana, but he’s on the mend.
“I want to thank members of Staton’s medical staff, Leanne Smith and Juanita Peavy, for saving Jake’s life. Without their immediate response to Jake’s condition, he would not be alive today. They are heroes for saving his life,” said Jake’s handler, Sergeant Quinton Jones.
Jake is expected to return to duty in a few weeks.
The ADOC has 11 K9 tracking and drug detection teams located throughout the Department. The ADOC K9 teams are used internally for tracking and drug detection operations as well as supporting local, county, state and federal law enforcement.