RCMP Police Dog Services – A Sad Day

Tuesday July 12, 2011, was a tragic day for RCMP Police Dog Services.  In two separate incidents and in two different Lower Mainland jurisdictions, two police dogs were killed in the line of duty. 

At approx. 1:30 am, Police Service Dog Bo was riding in the back of his handler’s police SUV as they responded to a call of a theft in Richmond, BC.  The police vehicle was involved in a collision with a civilian car near the intersection of Westminster Hwy and No.7 Rd., which sent the SUV across the road where it collided with and sheared off a utility pole.  The officer and the civilian ride-along in the police SUV and the civilian in the other car were not injured, but Bo was killed on impact.

Then, near the end of the day, at approx. 11:30 pm, Police Service Dog Bear and his handler responded to a suspected home invasion in Maple Ridge, BC.  It was while trying to apprehend one of the fleeing suspects that Bear was struck and killed by two vehicles on Lougheed Hwy.

The deaths of PSD Bo and PSD Bear weigh heavily on the hearts of all police dog handlers, and Bo and Bear’s handlers must be devastated.

Police dogs and their handlers have a very special, very strong bond.  If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you will have observed the bond when I speak of my own police dog and my feelings are echoed in the words of the other handlers I have spoken with in the last couple of days. 

To Bo and Bear’s handlers – please know your four-legged partners will not be forgotten.

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