Police dog without tags breaks out, is captured and euthanized
|Photo courtesy Howard Lake Police Department|
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"Our officer contacted the Animal Humane Society on Friday evening shortly after contacting the dog catcher, said Chief Tracy Vetruba. "Unfortunately, at that time the dog catcher still had the dog, who he did not believe was our dog, and it 'was' our dog."
With no tags, microchip, or follow-up phone calls, a spokesperson for the Animal Humane Society said workers had no idea Felony was a K-9 officer. The dog was placed on a 5 day mandatory hold, during which he demonstrated aggressive behavior. Tests labeled him as dangerous and unadoptable, and Felony was euthanized.
Howard Lake police say Felony had been with the force since 2002, after K-9 stints in Ortonville and Hector, and was responsible for more than $25,000 worth of seized drugs, cars and cash.