Loyal police dog brutally killed by 16-year-old robbery suspect

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Loyal police dog brutally killed by 16-year-old robbery suspect

Police K9s are more than just dogs. They are cops, just like the people they work next to. And many human officers consider this hardworking family of dogs. So if a dog’s life is lost while on duty, it is taken just as seriously as a human’s.

Kozmo was a loyal member of the Mesquite Police Department in Texas for almost every five years of his life. He was always ready to work hard and he caught a lot of criminals. But at the end of April 2021, Kozmo’s life ended tragically. Instead, he was killed while attempting to catch a robbery suspect.

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Kozmo’s last chase

Kozmo and the Mesquite Police Department helped the Balch Springs Police Department catch several robbery suspects. They used spike strips to deactivate their vehicle, causing the three suspects to run away on foot. Police then used a helicopter to locate the people, but also reached out to the trusted K9 Kozmo, who chased after the suspects and was determined to track them down.

Shortly after the persecution began, the suspects were arrested. The robbers included a 16 year old, an adult, and another teenager. But Kozmo never returned. The police searched everywhere, but what they found broke their hearts. Kozmo had died in the middle of the forest.

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“These dogs are not just dogs to us. These are members of our police family. Kozmo was an amazing and loyal dog, and ultimately he gave his life the night before last and did what he was trained to do, “said Lt. Stephen Biggs of the Mesquite Police Department.

At first, the police weren’t sure what caused Kozmo’s death. So they took him to the Texas A&M Veterinary Teaching Hospital for an animal autopsy. It was later revealed that the 16-year-old suspect allegedly beat the K9 officer to death.

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Honoring an amazing and loyal dog

All three suspects were arrested, and the 16-year-old suspect received an additional fee for disturbing a police animal (resulting in injury or death). It is a second degree crime.

The police held an emotional memorial service for Kozmo. Almost all of the officers and their K9 partners were there to say goodbye to their furry friend.

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“It’s like losing a brother or sister that you work with on patrol. Kozmo has worked with everyone for the past four years. He went on patrol every night with Jason, his handler. It’s really tough on the handlers because they work with these dogs, they live with these dogs. Jason has probably spent more time with Kozmo than his family over the past four years. They are extremely loyal animals and trained for a specific task. Everyone works with Kozmo every night, he’s one of us, ”said Lt. Biggs. “He is one of us and he will be sorely missed.”

Kozmo’s life may have been cut short, but he has had many victories over the course of his days. He will surely be missed by everyone who has worked with him, but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Cozmo.

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