The Pima County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office reports that one of its K-9s was apparently fatally stabbed during a search for a an armed robbery suspect Friday night.
Authorities say the suspect was seen entering a fenced yard around 8 p.m., and deputies deployed K-9 Kenzo. When Kenzo stopped responding to his handler during the search, deputies entered the yard. They found the suspect, took him into custody, and soon found K-9 Kenzo with life-threatening injuries.
Kenzo was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where he later died. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department says Kenzo had injuries that were consistent with stab wounds, AZ Family reports.
“We are saddened by the loss of K-9 Kenzo and reminded of the dangers our deputies face along with their K-9 partners who serve right beside them,” said the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.