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Yakima Police Department Loses Another K9, This Time To A Tragic Accident

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YAKIMA, WA. -- It's been a tough couple months for the Yakima Police Department. Earlier this year, the department mourned the loss of two retired police dogs, and now they've lost another.

The first two deaths were dogs who died at a ripe old age but now the department has lost a German Shepard named Havoc, who was only a couple years old and still active in the department. 

Havoc jumped a 6-foot fence at the home of his officer Sunday afternoon. As he was running across Summitview Avenue, he was hit by a car which ruptured his spleen. Havoc was taken to the emergency room but could not be saved.

We wanted to talk to Havoc's handler, Officer Rob Walters but he was too emotional to talk to us Monday. We did sit down with Captain Greg Copeland who heads the K-9 department. 

"Everybody at the police department gets attached to the dogs," Capt. Copeland said. "But of course the strongest bond is between the canine handler, the officer, and the dog. So the officer was very upset. When you lose a canine like that, it really and truly is like losing one of the family. So tough day for him today."

The police department is now left with 3 K-9's.We asked Captain Copeland if there are any plans to add another K-9 to the department but he said they aren't discussing that possibility quite yet.

The department wants to mourn Havoc's loss first before making any decisions.