Tempe police K-9 dies during training

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. – A K-9 with the Tempe Police Department died during training Wednesday night.

Ten-year-old Deuce collapsed while participating in training with his handler and other members of the K-9 unit, according to Lt. Mike Pooley.

Officers rushed Deuce to a local animal hospital, but staff members were not able to revive him. It is unknown what caused his sudden death.

The German shepherd was involved in patrol/apprehension work and narcotics detection.

Pooley noted Deuce's distinctive look and demeanor.

"Oftentimes, just a stare and a bark from him would get criminals to give up," he said.

Pooley said the dog was a valued member of the organization and had a drive and desire to please his handler and family at all times.

"Though Deuce will no longer be physically present, his contributions and memory will forever be a part of the success and history of our organization," Pooley said in an email to 3TV. "His protectiveness, work ethic, and loyalty are all qualities which will be deeply missed."