K9 Eli

K9 Eli

Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, May 23, 2019

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K9 Eli died after suffering heat exhaustion while tracking a fleeing suspect in the area of North Crestview Drive SW and Grayson Parkway at approximately 3:00 pm

Gwinnett County officers were assisting Snellville officers with a vehicle pursuit. K9 Eli was deployed to track the suspect when the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. K9 Eli was rushed to a local emergency veterinarian when he started to show signs of distress 30 minutes into the track. His condition deteriorated at the vet and he passed away.

K9 Eli had served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for eight years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 9
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

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Greetings, My name is Michelle Rosenthal and I just read about the impressive 9 years of service Eli gave to the Gwinnett County Police Department. I was searching for K9s of distinction to name the K9s in my children's book about a K9 named Sparkie and his police officer handler named John. I have several K9s to name in the book. I will discuss all the K9s in the unit. Eli is the first K9 that I will honor and tell his story in my book to say why we picked this name to memorialize him as one of our Belgium Malinois tracking K9 police officer characters.

Michelle Rosenthal

April 6, 2023

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