On the evening of September 12, 2013 Officer Christopher Bezio and his canine partner Max responded to assist Operations personnel who were responding to a reported burglary in progress.

Upon arrival officers believed that the subjects were still inside the residence. In an effort to confirm their presence, Officer Bezio deployed his canine partner Max and brought him to a jalousie window that appeared to be a potential access point. During this deployment a glass panel above Max collapsed, causing a severe laceration to one of his ears.

Max was immediately transported to Hollywood Animal Hospital where Veterinarians performed surgical procedures to repair the laceration. During this procedure, Max’s cardio vascular system failed and all revival measures were unsuccessful.

Canine Max was assigned to Officer Bezio on May 19, 2009 and he has served the City of Miami Gardens meritoriously as a certified apprehension and explosive ordinance detection K9 until his death on this date. Max will be deeply missed by Officer Bezio, our K9 Unit, the entire Miami Gardens Police Department family.    

K9 Max, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Friday, September 13, 2013

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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