Two police K9s recently died in separate incidents; one in Boston, the other in Waco, Texas.
In Boston, K9 Rush died as the result of exposure to chemicals that occurred on September 23rd, 2018.
K9 Rush and his handler were clearing a building after responding to reports of a burglary in progress at the old Radius Specialty Hospital at 45 Townsend Street in Roxbury. During the search, K9 Rush ingested or inhaled toxic chemicals that were present in the building. The chemicals caused him to go into respiratory distress, reported ODMP.
He was taken to a veterinary hospital where he remained for eight days until it was determined he could not recover, and he was humanely euthanized.
K9 Rush was a male, 4-year-old German shepherd. He had served with the Boston Police Department as a patrol and narcotics detection canine for three years.
In Waco, Texas a police service dog has been killed after it bit its handler while officers were trying to serve a warrant.
Two Waco police officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant for a suspect around midday Friday. Officer Garen Bynum says that as officers approached the house, the Belgian Malinois turned and bit its handler. While the K9 was attacking the handler, another officer shot and killed the dog, reported the New York Post.
The bitten officer was taken to the hospital, where Bynum says he was treated for minor wounds.
The suspect wasn’t taken into custody, but his mother-in-law says her daughter was detained for questioning. Police released no details about the reason for the warrant or where the officer was bitten.
– LET Staff