July 17, 2008
Delvin Lewis, 27, flees after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her Oakland Park home. Sheriff's deputies spotted Lewis' car on I-95 and chased him to Miami Beach. Lewis drove into a hospital parking lot where Broward deputies and Miami-Dade and Miami Beach police ordered him out of his vehicle numerous times. Oozi, a 7- 1/2 -year-old Belgian malinois that worked out of the Sheriff's Office Cooper City station, was sent into Lewis' vehicle where Lewis "violently fought the police dog." Lewis was observed reaching for the floorboard so police fired their weapons. Oozi was struck. Lewis was responsible for the dog's death because his actions led to the confrontation.
Miami K-9 officer, Rondal Lardy Brown, 49, of Miami, is charged with starving his K-9 partner to death in a November 2007 case in which investigators found the deceased animal's body to be half its normal weight.
Brown was charged with cruelty to animals and offenses against police dogs, both felonies, after investigators discovered the dog's weight had dropped from a normal 66 pounds to 33 pounds and that a wound on the dog's front paw was so severe it showed tendon and bone.
November 1, 2006:
Bomb Squad Detective Robert Connors was training at Port Everglades.
Connors had left the engine and air conditioning running to keep Astro, his K-9 partner comfortable. But the engine overheated and the air conditioner failed. By the time Connors reached Astro in the back seat, the male Belgian malinois was fading. Connor's partner for the past five years was pronounced dead at Hollywood Animal Hospital.
June 25, 2004:
Master Deputy Michael Colton and Vasko, were pursuing two kidnapping and carjacking suspects north of Fort Pierce when one of the men opened fire on them. Vasko was shot three times in the face and later died. Vasco, a 5-year-old German shepherd, was the first St. Lucie County K-9 killed in the line of duty.
May 20, 2001
Boynton Beach Officer Robert Thomas and Zues, a nine year old German sheppherd, respond to a burglary alarm at the Medication Station pharmacy on Woolbright Road. After entering the store a gun-wielding teenage burglar, Jame Connelly, wounded Thomas. Another officer dragged Thomas out of the store. Police later shot tear gas canisters into the pharmacy, sparking a fire. Connelly, 17, and Zeus were found dead in the store, but police did not disclose whether they died from gunshots or smoke inhalation.
July 23, 2000:
A Miami officer and Atlas, his K-9 partner, chased down an armed carjacker. Atlas was shot in the stomach during the shootout and died a short time later at Knowles Animal Hospital in Miami.
April 1, 1998:
Woody, the Miami-Dade Police Department's black labrador died after being struck by a car in Hollywood. Woody's internal injuries were severe and lifesaving efforts at an emergency animal clinic were unsuccessful.
October 13, 1997:
Kimbo, a K-9 Belgian malanois, was tracking triple homicide suspect Mark Samuel Chong behind the New Kent Motel in Hollywood, when Kimbo began barking at Chong. The suspect fired several rounds, killing Kimbo. Officer Kevin Keitz, Kimbo's handler, fired several shots at Chong, killing him.
June 23, 1997:
Cpl. Robin Massey and her K-9 dog, a 3-year-old Belgian malinois named Ralph, reponded to a call reporting an attempted breakin in Fort Lauderdale. Ralph followed the suspect into a small lake in a townhouse complex, in the 7900 block of Hamptons Boulevard. The suspect, a seventeen-year old boy from North Lauderdale,
held the dog under water and later tried to drown two of the five officers who chased him and the dog. Ralph drowned.
Compiled by Barbara Hijek, news researcher
K-9's killed in the line of duty
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