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Toxic blue-green algae ruled out in case of Hall County’s fallen bloodhound
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

A week after the death of their bloodhound, Hall County Sheriff’s Office officials have learned that toxic blue-green algae has been ruled out in terms of the cause of death.

Gus, who has been with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office since he was a pup, died Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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

Rounds said Dr. Jane White of Murrayville Veterinary Clinic has been in contact with the vets at the University of Georgia, where Gus’ body was sent for an autopsy.

“They let her know that they’ve ruled out the blue-green algae, but they are still waiting on a final word on the cause of death. They are thinking more along the lines of heart or possibly brain aneurysm type (of) thing,” Rounds said.

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A law enforcement funeral procession escorts the truck, left, bearing Hall County Sheriff's Office bloodhound Gus into Little and Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Gus died suddenly Tuesday. - photo by Nate McCullough

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.

Rounds said there was no timeline set for a final ruling on the cause of death.

Prickett previously told The Times he was called out to help with a missing child in Jefferson the weekend before Gus’ death when a deputy reported a suspect running away near Harrison Square Apartments.

“Gus tracked right through the apartment complex and down into the woods. … We hit a retention pond, so he did jump in the water and circle the water around the edge,” Prickett said.

Bella, a bloodhound in training, has been getting up to speed over the past year.

“She ran a few tracks with him and she’s been training side by side. She’s been doing good, but of course, she’s not Gus, and I still don’t trust her like I did him. I still depended on him all the time,” Prickett previously told The Times.

Gus and Deputy Jeremy Prickett
Gus, an 8-year-old bloodhound with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, while out with his handler Deputy Jeremy Prickett.
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