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Hero Down: U.S. Border Patrol K9 Mina Killed By Rattlesnake

Laredo, TX – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol K9 Mina died in the line of duty on May 2 after being bitten by a rattlesnake while searching for a group of illegal immigrants.

The five-year-old Belgian Malinois and her human partner, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Saldivar, were tracking a group of illegal immigrants along the railroad tracks near I-35 Frontage Road and Carriers Drive when the incident occurred on May 1, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

K9 Mina was walking through the brush when she was bitten by a rattlesnake, the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector said in a press release the following day.

Agent Saldivar quickly rushed her to an on-call veterinarian for emergency medical treatment, but K9 Mina succumbed to the severe bite the following morning.

K9 Mina was a valued member of the U.S. Border Patrol, and was credited with rescuing 572 people and seizing over $1,122,641 in controlled substances during the course of her four-year career.

“We are forever grateful for Canine Mina’s Service to her country,” the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector said. “She will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace. We extend our sincerest condolences to Service Canine Mina’s handler, BPA Saldivar and his family during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and Agent Saldivar in the loss of K9 Mina.

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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