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Dog slain while trying to detain man fleeing from a robbery

Published: Sunday, Jan. 3 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Koda was a beautiful dog. I'm so sorry for your loss Midvale Police K9 unit.

My condolences

My condolences to the handler and the department.

Also, my condolences to the family of the alleged perp. Even criminals have families that mourn, and even perps sometimes have parents who tried their best.


I would say the punishment fits the crime. Another criminal gone for good and unfortunately a dog killed. I am glad we didn't have to hear the trial on this one and the guy only getting a fine or weak sentence.

RIP Koda

Beautiful dog. Thoughts and prayers go out to his handler and all the police officers involved in this sad event.

How sad

Feel better now, big tough robbery suspect dude with your big tough gun? Enjoy knowing for the rest of your life that you killed a dog. I know, like you care. Big tough guy.


I have just one more thing to say..at least the one who shot the fatal bullets into Koda will be facing a higher judge to which there won't be any appeals for quite awhile. And I'm sure brave Koda is now running happily and will be watching over his handler/friend from on high; Cheering him on to still go out and catch those bad guys so people can feel safe.

Former Utahan

I love police dogs and was saddened by this article, but I found it even more sad that the death of the dog dominated the story but the death of a man was mentioned only in passing. No one likes criminals, of course, but they remain children of God, and they likely were loved by others. To treat any man's death so callously seems wrong to me.


Such a shame to lose this beauiful animal but Iam so glad it was not one our human officer. How can the community help with getting this officer another dog if he wants one. Our prays and love is with the officer and his family.

Poor Dog

Thanks, Koda, for doing your job well.

Lesson for all

NEVER house-sit for someone, ESPECIALLY if they've reported "someone lurking in the back yard" recently.

If someone's so worried about what's in their home (and I doubt it's a legal substance), they should stay home OR take that stuff with them.

Ditto Chris

I agree with Chris. We can thank Koda for getting this scum off the streets for good. But, what a travesty to lose such a beautiful dog. This just sickens me. Thoughts and prayers to Koda's family.


Koda was a great asset to the community, and I feel his loss much more than the loss of the criminal who shot him. May the department find a new dog quickly to take his place in their ranks and hearts.

I Luv Dogs

I have to do a ditto to chris....To koda's handler may you find peace and strength in the coming days.

tony stewart 14

my heart felt sympathy goes out to the officer and everyone who loved koda. the man that shot koda is now answering to the highest court ever. i pray that this mans family will be comforted at this time. please do not blame yourselves for his actions.


PS: koda please say hi! to my dogs darlin & winnie.


the Guy (Robbery suspect) got what he was asking for. There are inherant risks to every profession. He chose to take those risks and because of his decisions he has hurt his family, and the family of a brave canine officer. Koda was a terror only to who chose to do evil, but a blessing to all of those who chose the good of law enforcement.
Thank you Koda.

3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


I hope that through your faith, grows patience, through your pain, you find strength, justice will serve those in custody in which have taken one of your own. Take refuge brother....


Hello, it's a dog, folks! Get over it.


To jw Have you ever had a special someone, a partner, a child or a best friend. This is truly what this "dog" was. Koda had a job and he did it. He was trained to make our lives safer and it cost him his. Do not belittle that loss to those of us who are greatful, to those who love him or to those who were lucky enough to work with him. Koda was not just a dog.


Hello, it was a hispanic with a long criminal history! Get over it!


It is always a tragedy to lose any officer of the law...whether K-9 or human.

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