The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is saddened today as they mourn the loss of their beloved K-9 Duke. On Friday, April 28th, Duke performed his last duty with the sheriff’s office doing one of the things he loved most, school demonstrations. The day after his last demonstration with the amazing children and staff at Alto Park Elementary Duke fell ill. Duke spent his final hours with his family- the Allred’s. Deputy Allred, Duke’s partner, held him in his arms until Duke’s watch ended at 1:50pm on April 30th.
On March 24, 2017, K-9 Duke was carried to West Rome Animal Clinic where he was diagnosed with an abdominal bleed. Duke underwent emergency surgery to remove a ruptured tumor from his spleen. The surgery went well and Duke recovered quickly.
A biopsy of the tumor was sent to the lab. Lab results indicated that the tumor was Hemangiosarcoma (Canine Cancer). Duke was referred to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine Oncology Division. Oncologists at the University confirmed the diagnosis of malignant Hemangiosarcoma. At this point chemotherapy was ruled out as a viable treatment option.
Duke came home to Rome and was afforded the opportunity to do what he loved most, serve his community alongside of his Floyd County Sheriff’s Office family. He spent his last days doing his job as a Narcotics Detection K-9. Duke will be sorely missed by his family, the sheriff’s office and the community.