Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
K9 Ogar was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a subject who was in a stolen automobile that was abandoned near the intersection of I-20 and FM 849, near Lindale.
Ogar was tracking one of three subjects in a wooded area when he was shot.
Two subjects were taken into custody.
La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 29, 2016
K9 Ledger died of heat exhaustion inside of his handler’s patrol car while it was parked outside of the La Salle County Courthouse.
His handler had left the vehicle running, in accordance with policy, while conducting business inside the courthouse. When he returned outside he noticed that the vehicle was no longer running and he found K9 ledger on the driver’s floor board with his head on the gas pedal. It was later determined that the vehicle had run out of gas, causing it to turn off. The vehicle had been driven approximately 100 miles since it had been filled up previously. The vehicle’s heat alarm system did not operate once the engine stopped running.
Ledger had served with the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office for one year.
San Juan Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, June 2, 2016
K9 Rex died after after his handler unintentionally left him in a patrol car in McAllen, Texas, at the end of their shift.
Rex’s handler discovered him unresponsive in the patrol car as outside temperatures were above 90 degrees.
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 12, 2016
K9 Bruno died from an injury sustained during a training exercise with his handler.
His handler threw a training aid as an award and while Bruno was retrieving it he ran into a tree, which fractured a vertebrae in his neck.
Bruno had served with the Amarillo Police Department for two years.
Arlington Police Department – Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
K9 Mojo died after suffering from heat exhaustion while tracking a shooting suspect who had fled on foot in the 7100 block of Chambers Creek Court after leading officers and detectives on a pursuit.
Detectives had attempted to serve a warrant on the subject when the juvenile fled. Mojo began to show signs of heat exhaustion approximately one hour into the search. His handler transported him to a local veterinary hospital where he died a short time later.
K9 Mojo had served with the Arlington Police Department for six years.
Houston Police Department – Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
K9 Rony died after suffering a serious injury following a vehicle and foot pursuit of a subject who had been driving a stolen car at approximately 1:00 am.
The driver led officers on a vehicle pursuit, during which time he threw contraband from the window and intentionally rammed a patrol car. The driver bailed out of the vehicle in the 12700 block of River Trail and fled on foot. K9 Rony was released for an apprehension in a heavily wooded area. One of Rony’s legs became entangled in a wooden object and suffered a serious injury. He was rushed to a veterinary hospital where it was determined the most humane treatment would be to euthanize him.
The subject was taken into custody by other officers.
K9 Rony had served with the Houston Police Department for seven years and was credited with 250 apprehensions.
K9 Grunt & K9 Nell
Refugio County Sheriff’s Office – Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, September 1, 2018
K9 Grunt and K9 Nell were strangled to death by a suspect they were tracking while assisting the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office and other state and federal agencies.
Officers in Aransas County had been involved in a pursuit in which 16 illegal aliens bailed out of a vehicle and fled into the brush along Route 35 north of Holiday Beach, Texas. Members of the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and United States Border Patrol were searching for the suspects and requested assistance from Refugio County’s tracking team.
Nell and Grunt, who were trained to track critically missing persons with dementia, were let off leash as deputies followed them on horseback. The non-aggressive dogs tracked one subject into some brush but did not come out. As deputies called for the man to surrender he taunted them in Spanish. Deputies entered the brush and took him into custody. The bodies of Nell and Grunt were found with their tracking collars twisted tightly around their necks.
Both dogs were a mix of black and tan coonhound, bluetick coonhound, and redtick coonhound.
Waco Police Department – Texas
End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2018
K9 Kastor was shot and killed after inadvertently biting his handler on the inner thigh during a warrant service in the 2000 block of Seneca Avenue.
Kastor would not release his bite despite his handler’s commands and another officer attempting to pull the dog off of him. After all efforts to have Kastor release his bite he was shot in order to prevent additional injury to the handler.
Kaster had served with the Waco Police Department for 16 months.