Rio Grande Valley rescue canine succumbs to heat while on duty
EDINBURG, Texas – A Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol canine (K9), who recently showcased his ability to locate injured and abandoned immigrants at the Border Safety Initiative event in Falfurrias, passed away on Monday.
Canine Lazer (K9 Lazer) was working with his handler on a Falfurrias ranch, attempting to locate a group of undocumented immigrants who were in need of assistance, when Lazer began to display signs of heat exhaustion. His handler quickly took measures to cool off the canine and transported him 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. He 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, his loss will be greatly felt by those who came to rely on his keen senses.