Police K9 unexpectedly died

Police K9 dies unexpectedly while pursuing child abductors

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A working K9 with Ohio’s Green Township Police Department died unexpectedly while pursuing suspects wanted for abducting a child. Dino, a seven-year-old German shepherd/Belgian malinois mix, was assisting his handler, Corporal Tony Leidenbor, just before midnight on September 25 when he suffered a “medical event” and collapsed to the ground.

In a Facebook post, the Department wrote:

Just after beginning a track for the suspect, Dino collapsed and stopped breathing. He was rushed to Grady Veterinary Hospital .

The veterinary professionals were unable to revive the K9.

According to the New York Post, the police had been in pursuit of armed “masked gunmen” who had stolen a woman’s money and a child before fleeing in an SUV. The men ditched the vehicle after being pursued by officers, leaving the abducted child behind – one suspected was arrested and three more are still being sought.

The Department commented on the impact of this unexpected loss of their K9 “family” member:

Dino has been with the department since 2011 and was very much a part of our police family. He had a reputation as an outstanding police canine and very much loved his work. He will be sorely missed.

(Image via Facebook)

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8 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Exactly what was this ‘medical event’ that killed seven year old Dino? This post is too vague and needs to be more specific. Seven is a fairly young dog – I would like more information on this so called ‘event’.

    • Penny Eims says:

      the police don’t know what happened – a necropsy is being performed which should provide some answers (right now, there are no answers)

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Rest in peace K9 Dino, and condolences to your handler, family and fellow police officers, I know how much you will be missed.


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