K-9 Dies Suddenly

Capt. Molly
Capt. Molly

After the September 11 attack on America, members of the Southside Fire Department, along with their K-9 partners, headed to New York to work at Ground Zero.

Captain Molly was one of the dogs who helped search for victims. We found out this afternoon Molly died, and she was only five years old.

It was more than three years ago when WTOC first introduced you to Lt. John Frank, Division Chief Doug Sahlberg and their two cadaver dogs Morgan and Molly. These where the members of Savannah's Southside Fire Department who answered the call to duty right after 9/11.

It was an experience they'll never forget. "Not a day, great deal of time that goes by, that we don't think of perhaps what happened up there...the life that was lost," Chief Sahlberg told us after returning.

After eight grueling days of searching for victims at Ground Zero, both K-9's and their handlers made it home. It's been a long time since those eight days, and even though Morgan retired, Molly kept working.

She was one of a handful of cadaver dogs in the Coastal Empire and worked up until her most recent case, that of the disappearance of Swainsboro beautician Cindy Lynch.

Molly's owners say their beloved dog died suddenly this morning. They say Molly seemed fine over the weekend and her death is something her owners can't understand.

An autopsy is being performed to see if they can figure out how Molly died. There's speculation as to whether she died of cancer or contracted something from her time spent at Ground Zero.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com