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YAKIMA, WA- K9 Havoc A Yakima police dog died this weekend after jumping a fence and being hit by a vehicle, department spokesman Mike Bastinelli reported Monday.Havoc, a German shepherd and a year-and-a-half veteran of the K-9 patrol unit in Yakima, was struck by a vehicle in the 5000 block of Summitview Avenue at 2 p.m. on Sunday, a police press release says. He was taken to an emergency veterinarian clinic, but the vets found that he had a ruptured spleen and was bleeding internally, injuries too severe to be fixed. He died during surgery at about 6 p.m.Bastinelli said that Havoc was off-duty Sunday afternoon at his handler’s house when he jumped over a 6-foot fence and ran into the street.The driver who struck the dog was actually the one who notified authorities, and that person was pretty upset, Bastinelli said.“They’re very athletic dogs,” he said. “There’s no negligence on the part of the driver’s or anything.”Havoc started working for the police department in February 2013 when he was 2 years old with his handler, Officer Rob Walters. He would have been 4 years old in November. He was originally from the Czech Republic, where many K-9 patrol dogs come from, Bastinelli said.Since marijuana was legalized, police dogs don’t do drug searches anymore, but are primarily involved in tracking down suspects, Bastinelli said. In his career, Havoc had “dozens of deployments and multiple finds.”Havoc is the third police dog to die this year. Retired K-9 members Lektor, who served for eight years and was the first police dog on the force, and Brutus, who served for seven years, both passed away earlier this summer; Lektor in July at age 16 and Brutus in August at age 9.Havoc is the first police dog to die while still active, and by far the youngest.The entire department is upset, Bastinelli said, especially Havoc’s handler.“If you’re familiar with the bond officers have with their K-9, it’s a part of the family,” Bastinelli said. “They get very very close because they not only work with them; they live with them.”Police dogs are a significant investment, costing around $16,000 to train and take on, but Havoc’s death leaves the department with only three K-9 members, so there’s a “distinct possibility” that the department will get another dog, Bastinelli said. The cost of dogs in the past has been covered by local donations; Bastinelli said there is interest among local businesses in supporting another dog.Yakima police Chief Dominic Rizzi said he would like to have some kind of memorial service for Havoc but a date has not been set. It’s not clear if that service would be open to the public or not.• Molly Rosbach can be reached at 509-577-7728 or email@example.com. ...
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In memory of a K9 Hero, Kye from Oklahoma City Police department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty on August 25.Vested Interest in K9s and Hayward DuPont are pleased to host, "Doctors Vesting K9 Heroes" now through October 10.How does this campaign work?CLICK on the Indiegogo link and select "Contribute Now" to donate https://indiegogo.com/projects/…(Donations are tax deductible)SHARE through the Indiegogo link to your social media and email connections.All proceeds from this event will be used to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs nationwide. Each vest will bear the embroidery, "In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department"We are committed to honoring this four legged K9 Hero. Thank you to our friends at Crimestoppers Case Files in Chicago for this beautiful poster. ...
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ST. PAUL, MN- 2nd Annual Benefit for MN K9s in Law Enforcement. We hope to see you there at the CaJah Salon on Setpember 27. K9 Demos, K9 Calendar Autograph Signing session, Raffle and more... ...