Photo credit: Ingham County Sheriff’s Department
An Ingham County Sheriff’s Department K-9 was killed Sunday night after it escaped from its kennel that was damaged during a storm and was struck by a car.
Heavy winds from the storm flattened the fence to K-9 Luger's kennel and allowed him to go free, according to The Lansing Journal.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said the dog was likely confused by the storm when it was struck.
Wriggelsworth said that the dog's handler, Deputy Greg Harris, is broken up about his death. The two had been partners for seven years. Together they apprehended 86 suspects, seized over $50,000 in cash and located several missing persons.
"He is hurting really bad about this," he said. "The whole staff is mourning."
The dog's body was found several blocks away from the deputy's residence around 11:30 p.m. and brought to a local animal hospital. The sheriff's department called Monday morning and they told them the bad news.
Luger's body has been buried behind the sheriff’s office and a marker will be placed in the near future.