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Hall County bloodhound Gus died of heart failure
Gus, an 8-year-old bloodhound with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. - photo by Hall County Sheriff's Office

Gus, the 8-year-old Hall County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound who died Aug. 13, suffered heart failure, according to authorities.

Gus’ body was sent to the University of Georgia for an autopsy after the dog "fell out" Aug. 13.

“According to the report, Gus’ death is consistent with a left-sided heart failure.  The development of the issue would have been gradual and likely not obvious until Gus could no longer compensate for it," according to the report.  "There was no evidence of any toxicity or tumors,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in an email.

The doctors had previously ruled out toxic blue-green algae for Gus.

Capt. Brad Rounds said the dog “fell out” and went limp while out with his handler, Jeremy Prickett.

A funeral procession carried the 8-year-old bloodhound Aug. 14 from the vet to Little and Davenport Funeral Home on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville.

Bella, a bloodhound in training, has been getting up to speed over the past year to replace Gus, who had been approaching retirement.

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Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies and Gainesville Police officers salute the flag-draped casket of bloodhound Gus outside Little and Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Gus died suddenly Tuesday. - photo by Nate McCullough