Top drug-searching K-9 shot by animal control

The dog had attacked a woman in her 70s

By Don Jacobs
Knoxville News Sentinel

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Tenn. — Before Elko was killed with a blast from a shotgun aimed by a Campbell County animal control officer, the Knoxville police dog had uncovered 125 pounds of pot, more than a thousand grams of cocaine and flushed out 21 suspected felons from attics, woods, sheds and drain pipes.

Elko is the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois killed June 9 with a single blast to the chest from a 12-gauge shotgun in the Jacksboro area of Campbell County. The dog had attacked a woman in her 70s in the garage of her home after she tried to scare it away.

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