In the state of Washington, a police dog was fatally stabbed after catching up to a suspected car thief who had allegedly tried to ram a police car a few minutes earlier. Kane, a Dutch shepherd dog, was rushed to a local animal hospital but was pronounced dead there, having received multiple stab wounds.
As reported in The Columbian, the dog had worked on the police force for over six years, and was one year away from retirement. He and his handler, Deputy Rick Osborne, had received an award in 2008 from the President’s Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The suspect, Keegan H. Graves, was arrested later on suspicion of harming a police dog, auto theft and attempting to elude a police officer. Causing harm to a police dog is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years of prison and a $10,000 fine. Graves made his first appearance in court this morning. He is being held without bail.