The Herald-Gazette newspaper in Barnesville reports that Griffin officer Chad Moxon, who lives in Lamar County, says the dog, called Jimi, was taken from the kennel at his home on Monday along with his other dog while he was at the Griffin firing range.
Moxon says the dog’s body was found at the side of the road near Yatesville on Wednesday. He says his other dog was found alive but had been badly beaten.
The Lamar County sheriff’s office is investigating.
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A Scottsdale police dog was shot and killed by his handler on Friday, but police say they think the death was accidental.
This is the first time a police dog has died in the line of duty in the department’s 45-year history, said Chief Alan Rodbell.
“Certainly we don’t think it was intentional,” said Sgt. Mark Clark
Sgt. Chris Coffee shot Striker, a 6-year-old Czech shepherd, while they were searching a home about 3 a.m. near 104th Way and Dynamite Boulevard, police said.
Striker and Coffee were called to the house by officers who had discovered an open door, police said.
Striker was on a leash while conducting the search, and that’s when Sgt. Coffee shot Striker.
No intruder was found.
Striker was rushed to the emergency animal clinic, but his wound was fatal.
“This is being fully investigated,” Rodbell said at a news conference to announce the dog’s death.
“You can feel the sadness in the hallways here at headquarters,” Rodbell said.
“This is a loss not just for our police department. It’s a loss for our city government. It’s a loss to the community.”
Coffee, with the department for 10 years, is on a minimum 72-hour leave, a standard department policy.
Coffee has been in charge of the K-9 unit for two-and-a-half years and worked with Striker during that time.
Striker had been in the unit for four years and was one of six police dogs.
“Anyone that has pets and has a lost a pet can imagine how this man is feeling,” Rodbell said.
“They live together, they play together, they train together, and they spend their entire tour of duty together,” Rodbell said. “They’re best friends.”
The dogs take risks for officers, he said.
“They go in the door in lieu of us going in the door,” Rodbell said.
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