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Hero Down: Alpharetta Department Of Public Safety K9 Arnold Dies Unexpectedly

Alpharetta, GA – Alpharetta Department of Public Safety (ADPS) K9 Arnold died unexpectedly on April 5, according to his department.

The ADPS confirmed the beloved K9’s death in a press release the following day.

“We are heartbroken to announce that K9 Officer Arnold passed away yesterday, at home with his family,” the police department said.

K9 Arnold’s exact cause of death was not released.

The Belgian Malinois served alongside his human partner, ADPS Major Trent Lindgren.

The duo had been partners for eight years.

K9 Arnold was born in the Netherlands in September of 2006, according to the ADPS.

Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana, brought him to the United States and trained him in drug detection, searches, and training.

K9 Arnold joined the ADPS in July of 2007.

The department said he “was one of the longest-serving dogs” in the agency’s K9 unit.

“Our hearts go out to Major Lindgren and his family on the loss of K9 Arnold – thank you for your service to our community,” the ADPS said.

More than 100 people offered their condolences to the department and Maj. Lindgren in response to the agency’s announcement.

“So sad to hear it but he had a long career & sounds like an amazing life. Prayers for Major Lindgren & his family. RIP HERO,” one person wrote.

“Rest Easy K9 Officer Arnold,” another message wrote. “Thank you for your service to your community & your protection of your handler.”

Alpharetta City Councilmember Douglas DeVito also responded to the ADPS’s social media post.

“Rest in Peace K9 Officer Arnold. My deepest sympathies to Major Lindgren and his family,” DeRito wrote. “There is something very special about the relationship one has with a canine, let alone a canine who was an effective crime fighting asset and very loyal to Major Lindgren and our City. Our Police family and Alpharetta family are grateful for K9 Officer Arnold’s service to our City. Sad to hear about this loss.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety and Maj. Lindgren in the loss of K9 Arnold.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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