Hero Down: Alabama DOC K9 Jake Dies After Inhaling Substance During Search

Alabama DOC K9 Jake collapsed and lost consciousness after inhaling suspected synthetic marijuana.

Elmore, AL – Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) K9 Jake died in the line of duty on July 20, after he was exposed to a substance that is believed to have been synthetic marijuana.

K9 Jake was conducting a search inside the Staton Correctional Facility on July 18, when he alerted on a powdery substance inside B Dorm, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The six-year-old Belgian Malinois immediately collapsed and fell unconscious, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

Medical staff at the prison performed CPR and established an IV before K9 Jake was rushed to the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic.

He developed pneumonia the following day, and his condition continued to deteriorate until he passed away on July 20.

The toxic substance K9 Jake was exposed to was preliminarily identified as synthetic marijuana, but additional testing is underway.

It is believed that the five-year veteran-of-the-force suffered a severe allergic reaction after sniffing the powdery substance.

DOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said that K9 Jake may have saved others’ lives by finding the drugs before anyone else was hurt, The Birmingham News reported.

“With Jake’s training and ability to find the narcotic, he saved other lives by giving his own in the line-of-duty,’’ Commissioner Dunn explained. “Jake’s heroism and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

“This is a difficult time for our ADOC family and especially for Sgt. Jones and those assigned to our K9 Bureau who worked with Jake on a daily basis,” the commissioner continued. “I extend our deepest condolences for the loss of this noble K9 who honorably served the State of Alabama and for ultimately giving his life while protecting the public.”

DOC Investigations and Intelligence Division Director Arnaldo Mercado said that K9 Jake “was one of our best,” and offered his condolences to K9 Jake’s partner and the entire DOC family.

Director Mercado said that investigators are working to determine who was responsible for having the illegal contraband inside the prison, and noted that any suspects they identify will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

“I was saddened to hear that one of the Corrections K9s, Jake, lost his life over the weekend,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told the Montgomery Advertiser on Monday. “This K9 died in service to public safety and in service to the state.”

“Jake is an example of the goodness, the loyalty and service that our four-legged friends provide,” Ivey continued. “We certainly lost a loyal companion.”

K9 Jake served beside his partner, DOC Sergeant Quintin Jones, for his entire career, the department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Sgt. Jones described him as a “loyal member” of the K9 Bureau, who had an “impeccable record in counter-drug operations,” the agency said.

K9 Jake will be laid to rest with full honors on July 30.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Alabama Department of Corrections and Sgt. Jones in the loss of K9 Jake.

Comments (24)
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Strider
Strider

RIP K9 Jake! Your duty was appreciated by many and your have left your mark on your community and this world as a true hero!

question evrything
question evrything

GOOD RIDDANCE! as for the white powder, it probably was ajax not synthetic marijuana. if you want to find who is bringing in contraband, just look at the guards. they make big $$$ bringing shit in!

AbbiRN
AbbiRN

Rest in Peace, K9 Jake. Condolences to your family.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

RIP, Big Dog! I know you are at The Bridge, watching over your partner.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

RIH K9 Jake thank you for your time and service. My condolences go out to you Sgt. Jones, Jake will be in your heart forever 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

BarbNak
BarbNak

My deepest condolences to Sgt. Jones on the loss of your beautiful, loyal, brave partner and friend. I'm sure St. Francis was there to guide him Home.

DNW
DNW

Jake, Rest Forever. Job Well Done, Friend of Man.

Buzz17
Buzz17

RIP, K9 Jake! You gave your life in service to the citizens of Alabama! May you rest in peace now. Prayers for Sgt. Jones, his family, & all those with whom you served!

pixiepup
pixiepup

Very sad! Prayers for Sgt. Jones

LynnSB
LynnSB

Rest in Peace Jake - Thank you for the hard work and dedication !

ITAngel
ITAngel

RIP K9 Jake. Prayers for Sgt. Jones and all who knew and worked with K9 Jake.