K-9 officer in critical condition

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A Middle Tennessee K-9 officer remains in critical condition after collapsing while tracking a shooting suspect.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lee Young told the Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/15OeXpm) that his partner, Ely, is being treated at Williams Animal Hospital after going down Sunday in 90-degree heat.

Associate veterinarian Jean LaValley said Tuesday that it would be “touch and go” for the Belgian Malinois over the next couple of days. She said the biggest concern is that he could start bleeding.

She said his fever is now under control, he is no longer dehydrated and his kidneys are working better.

Police say they rotated dogs during the search due to the heat, but Ely collapsed after just 20 minutes.