Robertson County, TN – Springfield Police Department (SPD) K9 Axel died on Aug. 19 due to untreatable medical issues, according to the city.
The five-year-old police dog experienced a blockage that caused internal damage, the City of Springfield said in a press release on Aug. 25.
“We are saddened to announce that our beloved K9 Axel has passed away at the young age of 5,” the city said. “Let’s remember this four-legged hero and honor his handler, Officer Tyler Edwards, who is heartbroken over the loss of his partner.”
Officer Edwards said he and K9 Axel were inseparable and that he is devastated over his death.
“He is more than a dog, he is family,” Officer Edwards said in the city’s press release. “I have spent more time with him than my own wife and kids lately. He will be missed.”
Residents expressed their condolences on the City of Springfield’s Facebook page in the wake of the announcement of K9 Axel’s death.
People praised the beloved K9 for a “a job well done” and said he was an invaluable resource in narcotics investigations.
Others commented that Springfield was “fortunate” to have had K9 Axel on the force.
“You’ve served with honor and dignity so ‘At Ease Axel,’” another person wrote.
The City of Springfield said they will forever be grateful to K9 Axel for his service to the community.
We are saddened to announce that K9 Axel has passed away at the age of 5. Axel experienced a blockage that caused internal damage, taking him from us on August 19. Let's remember this four-legged hero and honor his handler, Officer Tyler Edwards. pic.twitter.com/yJqG7NKRr6
— City of Springfield, TN (@springfield_tn) August 25, 2021
Springfield Police Officer Edwards along with K-9 Axel helped Imagination Library of Middle TN Manager, Brooke Seigle-Rochelle read "Officer Buckle and Gloria" yesterday. Just like Officer Buckle in the story, Officer Edwards offered a safety tip: "Always wear your seat belt!" pic.twitter.com/xJdTK4R4Cw
— City of Springfield, TN (@springfield_tn) August 19, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Springfield Police Department and Officer Tyler Edwards in the loss of K9 Axel.