Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - A Kershaw County Sheriff's Department K-9 has died after suffering from a rare fatal condition.

Officers announced that "Mali," a German shepherd, had to be put down this week.

Mail began working with the sheriff's office back in 2001, helping them detect illegal drugs. In her time with the department, she discovered hidden narcotics on 100 occasions.

Back in May, however, officers noticed that the animal had become lethargic for no reason. A veterinarian determined the dog had a rare intestinal disorder, and doctors removed a large portion of Mali's intestine in an effort to help. However, on November 16, the dog had gotten down to just 38 pounds, and the decision was made to put the dog down to end her suffering.

“These K9’s become part of the Sheriff’s Office family and when one dies or has to be put down for whatever reason it a pretty sad thing,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews in a statement. “We will need to replace “Mali” in the very near future. Hopefully, funding for that will be made available.”

The sheriff's department says a trained narcotics dog can cost between $5,000 and $7,000.

Anyone interested in making a donation for the purchase of a trained narcotics detection dog can do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt foundation. Checks can be made payable to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation and mailed to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at PO Box 70 Lugoff, SC 29078 with a specification that the funds are to be used for “K9 replacement.” Your donation is tax deductible