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Hero Down: Cape Girardeau Police K9 Dallas Dies After Acute Medial Condition

Cape Girardeau, MO – Cape Girardeau Police Department (CGPD) K9 Dallas died on July 24 after being diagnosed with an acute disorder that affected his spine and recently caused him to become paralyzed.

K9 Dallas was recently diagnosed with an acute non-compressive nucleus pulposus extrusion, which resulted in a failure of his spine and left him in constant pain, WPSD reported.

Between his recent paralysis, his inability to walk, and his lack of interest in food, his human partner, CGPD Officer Eric Steiner, knew he was suffering immensely.

Officer Steiner made every effort to make K9 Dallas comfortable at his home and sought the expertise of multiple veterinarians and specialists, but it soon became evident that humane euthanization was the only way to relieve his K9 partner’s pain, WPSD reported.

“It is with heavy hearts that members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department gathered to pay their final respects to beloved coworker, K-9 Dallas, during the early morning hours of Friday,” CGPD Sergeant Joey Hann said in a news release, according to WPSD.

K9 Dallas was born on Dec. 24, 2014, Sgt. Hann said.

He underwent extensive training before he joined the CGPD patrol unit on June 2, 2017.

K9 Dallas spent his entire career working alongside Officer Steiner, WPSD reported.

He tracked approximately 20 suspects and conducted nearly 200 searches during his service with the WPSD, but he “was just as comfortable putting on demonstrations for local charities as he was searching wooded areas for armed suspects,” the department said, according to the Southeast Missourian.

“Dallas was a much-loved and appreciated member of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, and his presence will be missed by all who knew him,” the CGPD’s press release stated. “Thank you for your loyal service to the citizens of Cape Girardeau, Dallas. Rest in peace, we have your watch from here.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cape Girardeau Police Department and Officer Steiner in the loss of K9 Dallas.

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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