A 5-year-old K-9 officer with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office has died following a lengthy illness.
Maily, an accelerant detection canine for the Shreveport area, succumbed Saturday, October 12, to a longtime illness that the SFM says, "she fought to overcome on a daily basis."
Joining the department in June 2017, Maily worked alongside her handler Cpl. Robert Fain to assess fire scenes for possible accelerants. The SFM says she was instrumental in solving numerous arson cases around the state.
Cpl. Fain and K-9 Maily were awarded a Top Dog recognition by the North American Police Dog Work Association in 2018.
"It's a sad day to lose such a significant member of the State Fire Marshal family in K-9 Maily," said State Fire Marshal Chief H. "Butch" Browning, "But we know she gave her all on the job and off despite frequent medical setbacks."
The State Fire Marshal's Office shared photos of K-9 Maily to their Facebook page.