Cony­ers K-9 dies

Cony­ers K- 9 Zane found dead in his han­dlers car Thurs­day

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A Cony­ers Po­lice of­fi­cer is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a CPD K-9, Zane, was found de­ceased in his han­dler's pa­trol car Thurs­day evening.

Zane's han­dler, Jer­ahmy Wil­liams, found the K-9 in Wil­liams' ve­hi­cle at ap­prox­i­mately 5 p.m., at the han­dler's res­i­dence in Rock­dale County. Zane had re­port­edly been for­got­ten in the ve­hi­cle for about 10 hours, ac­cord­ing to a CPD spokesper­son. Wil­liams had re­port­edly come home in the morn­ing af­ter his shift and gone in­side, feel­ing sick, and fell asleep. When he woke up for his next shift, he re­al­ized Zane was still in the pa­trol car.

Zane, a 5-year-old Blood­hound, has worked as a track­ing dog for Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment for four years, three of those with his cur­rent han­dler.

Wil­liams has been with the po­lice depart­ment nearly five years and is a pa­trol Cor­po­ral. Wil­liams is cur- rently on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave with pay pend­ing the out­come of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Rock­dale County Sher­iff's Of­fice re­sponded to Cor­po­ral Wil­liams' res­i­dence last night and is cur­rently con­duct­ing a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the as­sis­tance of the Rock­dale County Dis­trict At­tor­ney's Of­fice.

"We are com­mit­ted to the care and proper treat­ment of our work­ing K9s. We are mourn­ing the loss of our own," says Po­lice Chief Gene Wil­son.

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