In a heartbreaking tragedy, a Portage police K-9 officer attacked a small Yorkie on Saturday at a local festival. The Yorkie named Bandit, died as a result of his injuries.
Officer Flora Ryan and her partner, K-9 Nyx had been assisting with the K-9 unit booth at the Indiana festival. While Nyx had been relaxing on the lawn and Officer Ryan had been next to him lying down, Miles and Kerry Mavrovic and Bandit had been walking out of the festival. Suddenly Bandit barked, and Nyx went running over to the small dog and grabbed him.
According to the NwiTimes, Ryan ran over and was able to get Nyx to release his hold. Bandit had been bleeding from the ear, and at the time there were no other apparent injuries. Tragically, when Bandit was taken to two different veterinarian hospitals, the little dog had suffered severe internal injuries and died.
On the department’s K9 Facebook page, Nyx was described,
“Nyx is a 22 month old female Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd cross breed. She was bred/born in Poland and arrived in the United States in August 2017 at F.M. K9. Nyx is a dual purpose narcotics/utility K9. She is capable of detecting narcotics, tracking suspects or lost children/elderly subjects, recovering articles from crimes, locating and apprehending fleeing suspects either indoors or outdoors.
We work hard, we play hard, we train hard…to be the best team we can be.”
Miles and Kerry Mavrovic are devastated by the death of Bandit, but have a different version of what happened, stating Bandit did not bark and the attack by Nyx had been unprovoked. Chief Williams reached out on the department’s Facebook to apologize for the terrible tragedy.
“If I’m going to post all our successes, true transparency also involves those times we fail as well. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Mavrovic family!! A very sad and unfortunate accident.
Chief Troy Williams”
Although Ryan did not have a good grip on her dog’s leash, Chief Troy Williams has decided Nyx will no longer be used as a Portage Police K9.
Rest in peace Bandit.
(Photo of Bandit submitted)
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