Plaistow, NH – Plaistow Police Department (PPD) K9 Shadow died unexpectedly on Sept. 8 after falling ill several days earlier, according to his department.
The six-year-old Belgian Malinois began exhibiting symptoms of bloat prior to his scheduled shift on Sept. 4, the PPD said in a press release on Sept. 11.
His human partner, PPD Sergeant Alec Porter, rushed K9 Shadow to Brentwood Veterinary Emergency Hospital for an emergency surgical procedure, according to the police department.
K9 Shadow remained under observation at the facility in the days that followed, but he “took a turn for the worse” on Sept. 8, the PPD said.
Sgt. Porter and the veterinarian ultimately made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the loyal K9.
“Shadow, we have it from here,” the PPD said. “Please keep his handler, Sergeant Porter, and the Plaistow Police Department in your thoughts. We also want to thank the staff at Brentwood Veterinary Emergency Hospital for taking care of Shadow in his final days.”
K9 Shadow joined the department in 2016.
He became certified in patrol tactics in July of 2017, and earned his narcotics certification the following year, the PPD noted.
“There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes with the K-9s, especially Shadow,” PPD Sergeant Jason Mazza told The Eagle-Tribune. “He was always available to work and always excited to work.”
K9 Shadow was especially proficient in tracking missing persons, according to the paper.
“He was just a great presence here,” Sgt. Mazza told The Eagle-Tribune. “He worked hand-in-hand with Sergeant Porter. He was a great community dog.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Plaistow Police Department and Sgt. Porter in the loss of K9 Shadow.