North Palm Beach police dog dies after unexpected medical event


Village police said goodbye to four-legged officer Cole after the K9 died of complications from emergency surgery last week, the department said on Facebook.

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Cole, badge #638, underwent surgery for an “unexpected medical event,” police said. He served the department for nine years with Officer James Kaminski.

The 9-year-old German shepherd died 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

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Police use K9 officers to search for criminals, missing people and illegal drugs and to apprehend suspect and protect officers.

Their presence at a scene helps deter crime, according to the department.

Police dogs in Florida are trained and certified according to standards established by the Florida Law Enforcement K-9 Association. Patrol dogs are tested in obedience, agility, searches and suspect apprehension, according to police.


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