Members of the Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office are mourning the loss of their bomb-detection dog.
Barry, a ten-year-old black Labrador, underwent surgery yesterday morning to remove a large mass from his stomach, but died shortly afterward of complications from the procedure.
He had been a member of the fire marshal's investigative team for six years and previously served overseas in two tours of duty.
“Just a few weeks ago, we highlighted the significance our K-9 teams have on the success of this agency’s mission to save lives. K-9 Barry was an integral member of our K-9 unit as one of only two EOD-specialized dogs,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “But when an unexpected loss like this occurs, it also shows how much these K-9 officers become part of the SFM family, especially their handlers’ family.”
“We will all miss K-9 Barry and we thank him for his service to the nation and the great state of Louisiana,” said Browning.
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