Rain and wind appear to have knocked over a kennel that housed a drug-sniffing dog that disappeared and was found dead Monday near the junction of interstates 80 and 39.
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Eddie was retained six weeks ago by the La Salle County State’s Attorney Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Unit, a cannabis and narcotics detail run by the prosecutor’s office.
State’s attorney Brian Towne called Eddie an “excellent narcotics dog,” and lamented his disappearance and death. Towne said he and his staff aren’t quite sure when and how Eddie got out of his kennel, but he thinks blustery weather may have played a part.
“We think the ground grew loose with the rain and the wind blew over his kennel,” he speculated.
More than a dozen people were dispatched to locate the dog. The remains were recovered late Monday evening with no indication of what vehicle might have hit it. The SAFE Unit has confiscated hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs but has had some tough luck in the K-9 department. The unit’s first dog, a female, was returned to its breeder with heartworm and the unit had to employ animals from local police departments while waiting for Eddie, who now must be replaced.
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Tom Collins Staff Writer