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Maryland State Prison K-9 Dies in Vehicle Fire

April 16, 2015  | 

A K-9 assigned to the Cumberland state correctional complex died in a vehicle fire that occurred on westbound Interstate 68 in the area of 15 Mile Creek at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, reports the Cumberland Times-News.

The SUV was headed to the prison complex in Cresaptown with two K-9s when it caught fire, according to Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service spokesman Mark Vernarelli.

"The two K-9 officers pulled over as soon as they realized the vehicle was on fire. They managed to get one dog out of the vehicle, but could not save the other," Vernarelli said.

The dog that died had recently graduated from training.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 4/18/2015 11:56 AM

Sickening, just Sickening. Rest in Peace K-9. That SUV must have been subject to a lot of material that burns fast. Condolences to the handlers and Cumberland State Correctional Complex. Its hard to lose a partner like that.

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