Refugio County Sheriff's Office, Texas (September 5, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--K9 Nell and K9 Grunt were strangled to death by a suspect they were tracking while assisting the Aransas County Sheriff's Office and other state and federal agencies.
Officers in Aransas County had been involved in a pursuit in which 16 illegal aliens bailed out of a vehicle and fled into the brush along Route 35 north of Holiday Beach, Texas. Members of the Aransas County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and United States Border Patrol were searching for the suspects and requested assistance from Refugio County's tracking team.
Nell and Grunt, who were trained to track critically missing persons with dementia, were let off leash as deputies followed them on horseback. The non-aggressive dogs tracked one subject into some brush but did not come out. As deputies called for the man to surrender he taunted them in Spanish. Deputies entered the brush and took him into custody. The bodies of Nell and Grunt were found with their tracking collars twisted tightly around their necks.
Both dogs were a mix of black and tan coonhound, bluetick coonhound, and redtick coonhound.
Columbus Division of Police, Ohio
End of Watch Saturday, September 1, 2018
COLUMBUS, OHIO(September 5,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--K9 Benzi was shot after attacking his handler at the agency's canine facility at 2609 McKinley Avenue.
Benzi's handler was correcting his behavior with verbal commands when the dog attacked him, causing serious wounds to his handler's arm. Benzi continued to disobey his handler's command to release, giving his handler no other option except to shoot him. A tourniquet was applied to the handler's arm and he was transported to a local hospital.
Benzi was taken to a local veterinary hospital where he was humanely euthanized due to the wound.
K9 Benzi had served with the Columbus Division of Police for two years.
Riverhead Police Department, New York
End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 2018
RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK--(September 5, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)K9 Rocky was killed in a vehicle crash near the intersection of West Main Street and Raynor Avenue as his handler responded to a vehicle pursuit at approximately 2:30 am.
An officer working a DWI checkpoint was struck by a vehicle whose driver refused commands to stop and fled. Rocky's handler was responding to the resulting vehicle pursuit when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Rocky sustained fatal injuries when he was ejected from the patrol car.
The pursuit was terminated due to the suspect's dangerous driving behavior. The driver remains at large.
K9 Rocky had served with the Riverhead Police Department for seven years.