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Hero Down: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Kolt Succumbs To Heat-Related Injury

Madison, WI – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) K9 Kolt died on May 15 after suffering a heat-related injury five days earlier.

The MCSO did not release details regarding how the heat-related injury occurred on May 10, but said K9 Kolt was rushed to a veterinary clinic in Sparta for treatment, WXOW reported.

He was later transferred to VCA Animal Hospital in Madison.

Veterinarians administered multiple life-saving treatments, but K9 Kolt ultimately succumbed to his injuries on May 15, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“This situation has been very difficult for everyone and there is no doubt that this loss will have a lasting impact on Kolt’s handler and the Sheriff’s Office as a whole,” Monroe County Sheriff Wesley Revels told the paper on May 17.

K9 Kolt’s handler, MCSO Detective Alexander Maas, resigned from the sheriff’s office on May 23, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The circumstances of his resignation are unclear.

Det. Maas was placed on administrative leave after K9 Kolt’s death, according to WMTV.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is handling the ongoing investigation into K9 Kolt’s death with the assistance of the Juneau County District Attorney’s Office, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The six-year-old Czech shepherd joined the MCSO in November of 2018, according to WMTV.

“We feel blessed by the service that Kolt provided to the Sheriff’s Office and communities through-out Monroe County,” the MCSO said in a statement to WXOW.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the loss of K9 Kolt.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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