On Tuesday, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois with the Las Vegas, Nev. Metro Police Department, died.
The dog, named “Marco”, was shot by another Las Vegas Metro Police officer back on May 14. On that day, while in pursuit of a suspect, Marco mistakenly grabbed hold of another Metro police officer and did not release his hold when he was given the command to do so.
After attempts to use a taser gun on him failed, another police officer shot Marco in the neck.
Since that time, a valiant effort has been made to keep Marco alive. But on Tuesday evening, the painful decision to end this young, working dog’s life was made.
The Friends of the Las Vegas Police K9’s shared the following painful update on Wednesday on their Facebook page:
Although Marco survived the initial event, he had lost the use of several major muscle groups, and was unable to move both his front and back legs.
In the days following the incident Marco received extraordinary care from numerous individuals including surgical specialists and neurologists, practicing both traditional and non-traditional veterinary medicine. When all attempts to restore neurological function failed, the decision was made to euthanize Marco. While exceptionally difficult to make, the decision was supported throughout all levels of the LVMPD chain of command, and by Marco’s handler and his family, and members of the LVMPD K-9 Detail.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 22, 2012, surrounded by his handler, his family, and numerous LVMPD Officers, Marco was peacefully euthanized.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department will be holding a small, private memorial service to honor and remember Marco.
Read the initial story on this tragic story here.
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