A Washington State Patrol K-9 named Patrick died April 14 while undergoing emergency surgery.
Sgt. Kyle Smith said Patrick suffered a twisting of the small and large intestines, which moved into his chest. The condition is rare, but does happen occasionally in K-9s with large chests.
Patrick had been participating in explosives training when he fell ill.
Trooper Mike Allan served as Patrick’s handler and has worked as a K-9 handler for more than 12 years.
“Patrick was by far the best dog I have partnered with in my entire K-9 handling career,” Allan said. “He will be sadly missed.”
Patrick worked with the State Patrol for seven months through a partnership with the Transportation Security Administration. He worked in the state’s ferry system.
“We lost a member of the WSP family who devotedly served the agency,” Chief John Batiste said. “Patrick’s explosive detection work helped keep tens of thousands of Washington residents and travelers safe.”