LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Lexington Police Department is mourning the death of a retired police K9.
According to the department, Ory died on May 19, 2019.
Ory was part of Lexington’s Canine Unit for about five years until he was medically retired in 2016.
Police say he was a United States Police Canine Association certified narcotics detection and patrol canine.
His partner was Officer Patrick Murray.
Together, they took part in public demonstrations and building searches and tracked missing persons and suspects.
Ory lived with the Murray family in retirement.
Sunday, Officer Murray came home and called to Ory. Ory collapsed and Murray immediately took him to the vet.
Doctors removed Ory’s spleen due to internal bleeding, but he didn’t live through the surgery.
Ory was 8-years-old.
Lexington Police say his family loved him very much.
“The Lexington Police Canine Unit officers and their K9 partners send condolences to the Murray family and shares in the loss of Ory. Times like these are reminders to K9 officers about the special bond we have with dogs. As handlers, police dogs have become a huge part of our lives and we will never take for granted the faithfulness and courage that our canine partners give to us…The gift of undying trust, loyalty, and bravery in the darkest of nights, and the brightest of days, is what makes a dog chosen for public service so special. Not all of our heroes walk on two legs,” a department spokesperson said.