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Police K9 killed, suspect dead, during domestic assault call

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A police K9 was killed during a domestic assault call in Duluth, Minnesota, on Sunday evening. According to the Duluth Police Department, approximately one hour after officers began negotiating with suspect at a residence on the 1000 block of W Skyline Parkway, the man opened fire.

The suspect struck one officer, causing non life-threatening injuries, and K9 Haas was killed. Officers returned fire and the man, who has not yet been identified, was killed.


After the deadly encounter, the Northland K9 Foundation created a Facebook post about the slain police dog:

Last night came the horrible reminder of the ever present dangers faced by our law enforcement officers, including K-9s. Duluth Police K-9 Haas was shot and killed by a suspect wanted in a felony domestic assault case.
Many of these photos of K-9 Haas we shared just last week as we marked his third birthday. Haas was an excellent partner and police K-9. Just last summer he earned 1st place honors in criminal apprehension at the the annual USPCA regional trials/certification.

The injured officer has been released from the hospital.  The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be
conducting the investigation.

Rest in peace Haas.

(Image via Northland K9 Foundation Facebook page)

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6 replies
  1. Joyce says:

    There is much too much of this is going on. My condolences to the Duluth Police Department for their loss of K-9 Haas, may his handler have a speedy recovery. As for the one who did this, the world is a better place without the unidentified man that was killed!

  2. Jenna Leigh says:

    Everyone is so reviled by dog abuse, yet the very same people will revere a K9 that is sent into a situation that a human won’t go into. It’s a death sentence for that K9. Do you think, even for a second, that the animal wants to die? Do you think it has a death wish?
    You protest to the top of the roofs when a dog fighter sends his dog to his death in the “ring” but praises a police officer for sending his K9 to his death. Is this not abuse also? WTF people!!!!! I don’t understand this mode thinking!!!!! Abuse is abuse, whether K9, dog fighter or psycho sub-human!!!!!
    Police departments need to STOP all use of K9s for dicey situations. They have robotic technology for situations like this!!!! Spend the same amount on a non-sentient situation diffuser. Stop the killing of sentient K9s on the beat!!!!
    RIP Haas…your life mattered…

    • Sue says:

      Thank you for that observation. In addition to being sent into “dicey situations,” there is the ongoing “training,” (which consists of hanging to unconsciousness, helicoptering, slamming to the ground, kicking, and electro-shocking); and then there is being kept in solitary confinement (usually in a kennel in the backyard) as part of the psychological torture, to supplement the physical torture. And they LIE, LIE, LIE about it, except in the rare cases when they get caught, and then switch to justifications.

      The reality of how these dogs are treated behind the scenes is a far cry from the flowery public relations releases.
      In the department I worked in, one of our more gleefully abusive handlers started an affair with a PD office worker. She was crying when she told me about him bringing his K9 to her apartment and leaving him there while they went out to dinner. The dog had always been kept in a kennel, and had no idea how to behave in an apartment. He tore up a couple of sofa pillows, and so when they got back, the handler said he was going to hang the dog (to unconsciousness) for that ‘bad’ behavior.

      The young lady pleaded with him not to, saying they were her pillows, and she didn’t mind, but the handler wouldn’t hear of it, so she left the room while he hanged the dog, but she told me she could hear the dog’s cries (when hanged with pronged choker, the dogs can cry until the air runs out, because they can’t breathe back in again). She was very upset about it, but I’m sure the handler felt all-powerful. And, like all the rest, he never missed a public relations opportunity to declare his ‘love’ for his K9 ‘partner.’

      When the doors to torture are opened, the sadists will rush right in. And in this case, the sadists are self-promoters and liars.

      • Jenna Leigh says:

        Thank you so much for confirming what I already knew. Nobody believes me when I tell them about the torturous training that K9s are subjected to. It’s horrendous!!!! No living being should be subjected to such abuse!!!! Perhaps Pet Rescue Report should go undercover and expose the torture. Maybe someone should start a petition to end K9 abuse and slavery. Then, maybe then, the public outcry will end this cruel and inhumane practice of using sentient beings being sent into situations that human officers won’t willingly go into.

    • Sue says:

      Here are just a few links. Unfortunately, the mainstream media helps cover this up. When anything is leaked, they try to make it sound like it’s just that one officer, not the standard across-the-board cruelty that it is.

      Home [stopk9torture.com]

      If Cops Treat Their Own Dogs Like This, It is No Wonder …

      Police Kill More K9’s Than Anyone Else | Cop Block

      Police Officer Kicks Dog to Death in Florida – Dogster …

      Minnesota Deputy Caught on Tape Brutally Beating His K-9 …

      BBC News | UK | Police dog trainer weeps in court

      Psycho Cop Abuses His Own K9 Partner For Not Finding Drugs …

      NC troopers torture dogs as a matter of policy | Cop Block (This link no longer working, but the one below is also about this case)

      When the “Everybody Does It” Excuse Works: Police Dog …


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