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Calif. sheriff’s office K-9 airlifted after overheating while searching for missing hiker

The condition of the K-9 was unclear, but the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office said the K-9 was airlifted “to safety and provide cooling measures”


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By Grace Toohey
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search-and-rescue dog was airlifted this weekend after overheating during efforts to find a missing hiker last seen in Monrovia.

The dog was taken by helicopter out of the Angeles National Forest on Saturday as dangerous heat broiled the region’s mountains and valleys.

The Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau was searching near Clamshell Peak in the national forest for Colin Brian Walker, 53, according to social media posts from the bureau.

Sheriff’s officials did not immediately respond Monday to questions about the dog’s condition. The initial statement said the special unit would airlift the dog “to safety and provide cooling measures.”

The Special Enforcement Bureau was using unmanned aircrafts to assist in the search this weekend.

Last week, South Pasadena police issued a missing person alert about Walker, who has not been seen or heard from since July 15, when officials believe he left on a hike near a trailhead in Monrovia.

Walker was last seen wearing a gray shirt, dark-colored shorts, brown boots, a brown hat and carrying a large green backpack and hiking sticks, according to the South Pasadena Police Department.

Officials have repeatedly warned for days about the dangers of strenuous activity in extreme heat.


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