COPY-Memorial service planned for Brunswick K-9

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office lost an admirable K-9 companion this weekend.

According to the sheriff's office, the Drug Enforcement Unit was investigating subjects in the Ash area.

K-9 Viper and his handler, Deputy Jared Zeller, were brought in to search for a large amount of cocaine.  After locating the drugs, Viper was exposed to dangerous chemicals that led to a severe reaction.

The handler took Viper to an emergency veterinarian hospital in Southport, but Viper was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning in Viper's tribute at 11:00 at the sheriff's office.

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