It’s so sad to see another police dog has fallen in the line of duty, this time in my home country of New Zealand.
These dogs are truly heroes and do so much to protect their handlers, other members of the force and the general public. Whatever country you live in, we owe these dogs a debt of gratitude and once again I’ve shed a few tears over this death of a working dog.
The incident took place in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, where an armed confrontation ensued last week. Despite negotiations with the armed defenders squad, Gazza the police dog was shot and killed, whilst an officer had to jump to safety out of a second floor window.
Gazza was a German shepherd dog, who had been working since 2013 with his handler Constable Josh Robertson. He had a lucky escape back in 2014, when another offender tried to choke him after the dog had tracked him for 3.5 kilometers. It will be a very sad time for Josh, and my thoughts go out to him. The bond between a working dog and their handler is a very special one.
As with many working dogs, they are also popular with the public during educational visits to schools and open days. Gazza was popular with many during these events.
To quote the Wellington police district commander, Superintendent Sam Hoyle said:
“It’s with great sadness that I can advise one of our police dogs was shot and killed today in the line of duty while executing a routine search warrant in Porirua.
While at the address, a man presented a firearm and the police dog was shot and subsequently killed. Two officers immediately removed the dog’s body from the house and one officer jumped to safety out of a second-storey window.”
A memorial service has since been held for Gazza at the police dog training center.
Rest in peace buddy and thank you for a job well done.
(Source: Information courtesy of The Guardian website)