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Police dog dies of heat stroke while trying to help injured illegal immigrants who crossed U.S. border

By Mason White 6:01 PM June 23, 2016
K9 Lazer 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Police in Texas, said that are saddened by the death of a loyal dog that helped injured illegal immigrants who crossed the U.S. border from Mexico.

A Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol dog (K9) that recently showcased its ability to locate injured and abandoned immigrants at the Border Safety Initiative event in Falfurrias, passed away on Monday. ​

K9 Lazer was working with its handler on a Falfurrias ranch, attempting to locate a group of undocumented immigrants who were in need of assistance, when the dog began to display signs of heat exhaustion.

The handler quickly took measures to cool off the dog and transported it to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

Unfortunately, K9 Lazer succumbed to heat related injuries.

K9 Lazer was an asset to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team.

It was used in numerous trainings, events and apprehensions.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said: “Our sector suffered a great loss, as these loyal companions have given their lives to ensure their handlers, fellow agents, and our community members stay safe.”

K9 Lazer is credited with 93 human apprehensions. The loss will be greatly felt by those who came to rely on its keen senses, police said.