Four police dogs that were killed in the line of duty are being recognized with a new award from the American Kennel Club. The “AKC Paw of Courage”.
“These working dogs possess great courage and dedication,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line, and have sacrificed their own safety, well-being, and in some cases even their lives, to keep us safe.”
“Ogar”, a Belgian Malinois that worked with the Smith County Constables’ office in Texas, was shot and killed by a suspect. So was “Krijger”, a Malinois with the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia.
And Jag, who was hit by a car during a training and certification session. He worked with California’s Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department.
Betcha, an Australian cattle dog, worked with the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont. Betcha died after running in front of his handler’s patrol car during an exercise.
“Each dog awarded with the AKC Paw of Courage has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty,” said DiNardo.
Any dog, regardless of breed is eligible for the award. Dogs who sacrifice to make the world a better place.