North Texas Police K9 Passes Away

Chelsea Wade
January 25, 2019 - 9:07 am
Plano Police K9 Dio

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PLANO (1080 KRLD) - Police in Plano are mourning the loss of one of their four-legged officers.

K9 Dio passed away after a long illness.  The German Shepherd retired back in September.

The department said he started his tour of duty in August of 2015.  During his career, he helped with 83 arrests and physically took down four people, including a suspect that robbed a motel at knife-point.  He is also credited with finding several violent offenders.

He was certified in narcotics and police said he never missed a find. 

Dio and his handler will be recognized by the department for their service at an upcoming awards ceremony.​

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of one of our K9's, Dio. Dio passed away after a long illness after retiring back in September. Dio was a sable German Shepherd from the Czech Republic and started his tour of duty in August of 2015. During his career, he had 83 apprehensions/arrests and four physical apprehensions. Dio was nationally certified three years in a row in narcotics and during his career and never missed a find. He had a 100% certification rate in narcotics and was also nationally certified in patrol work. Dio was very social and enjoyed coming to work. He was brave and never backed down. Over his time, he was credited with locating several violent offenders and physically apprehending an aggravated robbery suspect that had just robbed a local motel at knife point and fled on foot but stopped by Dio. This is a tough loss for his handler and the entire department. Dio and his handler will be recognized by the department for their service at an upcoming awards ceremony.

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