Waunakee, WI – Waunakee Police Department (WPD) K9 Izzy died unexpectedly on Jan. 11 due to complications associated with a routine surgery, according to her department.
“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of K-9 Izzy,” the WPD said in a Facebook post two days later.
The two-year-old black Labrador retriever joined the department several months before her sudden death, and served alongside her human partner, WPD Officer Brent Schmidt, the Waunakee Tribune reported.
Earlier this month, Officer Schmidt spoke to the Waunakee Tribune about his longtime goal of becoming a K9 handler.
Although he had only been on the force for about a year when a K9 handler position opened up in July of 2019, he knew he had to go for it.
“I said ‘I’m going to throw my name in the mix. I’m a young officer, but hopefully they see my potential,’” Officer Schmidt recalled.
He was elated to be chosen for the position, and was soon paired up with K9 Izzy, the Waunakee Tribune reported.
They trained together to hone K9 Izzy’s search, tracking and narcotics detection skills, as well as basic K9 obedience.
“She is a super social dog, super friendly,” Officer Schmidt told the Waunakee Tribune. “She loves meeting people.”
He was looking forward to having more opportunities to incorporate K9 Izzy into interactions with the community.
“It just creates positive interaction between law enforcement and our community members. And I think that’s what we need right now,” Officer Schmidt told the Waunakee Tribune.
“The K9 program is a really good asset to introduce young individuals to policing with a positive interaction,” he added.
The WPD said that K9 Izzy had forged a strong bond with her handler and the rest of her department during her short career.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Waunakee Police Department and Officer Schmidt in the loss of K9 Izzy.