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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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dog lover

JW I can see YOU HAVE NO HEART!!!!! Koda was hired to do a job, he worked for the police department, and did a BANG UP JOB. I have many dogs they are apart of my family, Koda thank you for a job WELL DONE.

RIP Koda

No matter what part of the country you are in, no matter what newspaper you're looking at, anytime there is a story involving and animal there are always the token comments complaining that it is/was "just an animal" and how we shouldn't care about them and focus more on people.

Perhaps those individuals should take their own advice: Get out there and spend more time helping people instead of logging onto the computer and complaining about those of us who have enough room in our hearts to feel compassion for both people AND animals.

Sis in TX

I am sending my sincere condolences to the Police Department for the loss of this fine animal. I know police departments are very tight knit groups. This animal was an important part of keeping not only the public safer but obviously the officers themselves. Koda did his job. He chased an armed and dangerous suspect and paid the ultimate price. I for one am grateful that one of the Police Officers (or more) was able to go home to their families that night because of Koda. Also grateful that the woman that escaped with her children is safe as well. As for the suspect...I am glad I don't have to be the judge. I hope this sends a message to other would-be robbers in this city.

Koda - a great loss

sincere condolences to Koda's handler and family. people should note this is a story about the death of Koda and the loss he was to the police officers. to read more about the death of the killer of this fine dog, see the previous story.

Police Offier

This dog was a police officer killed in the line of duty, doing his job to protect the rest of us. My sincere condolences to his handlers and to his fellow police officers. I have no sympathy for anyone who kills a police officer.

To: jw, you should be ashamed to say "its just a dog".

Avid Reader

WHY DOES RACE ALWAYS COME UP IN HERE?. If you say the article is about the dog, than please leave race out of it. Koda, rest in peace and condolences to the Midvale Police Department.

re: Police Office

Just because the dog is considered an officer does not mean that killing the dog is the same as killing a human police officer. Killing the dog is a felony which is a harsher punishment than animal cruelty laws but definitely not on par with taking a human life.

A Police Dog

not a police officer. For those who say " The person can be charged with murder for killing a police dog" That folks is utter NONSENSE . There are numerous criminal charges but murder isnt one of them.Did the police dog get a paycheck ? No . Did the police dog have a 401K ? No . It was a dog and that is horrible the dog died .

Darn Shame

One valuable member of our police community lost to a criminal. My sincerest condolences to the handler, police department and those to loved this dog.


I'm sorry to the handler and to the Midvale police department. All these comments that are debating whether killing a police dog is the same as blah blah blah.... it doesn't matter. Do what you need to do to lay him to rest. I believe police dogs should be treated as officers.

I'm glad that no other officers were injured.


For the sake of all of us, let's hope that "Former Utahn" is wrong about California! What kind of society would bind those swarm to serve by making them prove the prep intended to shoot at them BEFORE allowing the officer to return fire? If what they say is true about California, then let common sense continue to prevail, at least in Utah, and pray for the innocent crazy enough to continue to live in California!

Free the police, and give them the tools to protect us from the bad guys. When they choose to commit the crime they must accept the consequences this the only truely humane way to deal with crime; coddling breads more crime!

Living in a Pack

My husband is probably the biggest dog lover I've ever met. We greatly admire the training and expertise of these dogs and their handlers and the job they do protecting the community. Our condolences to the Midvale police in losing a valued member of their task force. To TP: These dogs are trained to go in and get criminals when the officers can't (such as in this situation where the suspect couldn't be found). Koda was sent in to detain the suspect and prevent him further harming anyone else. The dogs go into the line of fire for the same reason the officers do: to protect us.




So a dog is the same as human ? I was sad when my pets have died but it did not come close to the pain and grief of losing a parent or a sibling . Tell a parent that losing a child is the same as losing a cat or a dog . They are not even in the same universe as far as pain and grief and to say they are is balderdash

My 2 Cents

It is unfortunate that this event had to happen. For those involved, it was the deamon of intoxication and lack of community support that led them to make the choices that they made. I do not support cruelty to animals in any form and I am not defending the shooters action.

I know one of the suspects personally, he suffered from the deamon of drug addiction; he cried out for help at times with his problem, but found no hand reaching out to lift him from the depths of suffering that he has had to endure. I do not place the blame on anyone or anything; but would like to use this as an example to stress that there are those out there still in need of help. If we as a community reached out harder to those in need of help with thier addictions, things like this could be prevented.

Most of you who read this will go back to your warm beverage and privelaged lifestyle and say look at what they did.

What if it was your brother or sister who long before something like this happenend was already handed a sentence of ostrazation and failure?

3rd try

This is my third attempt to comment on the story. My earlier two, signed "Angry" and "Concerned" apparently were censored. Comments sent in after mine have already appeared and mine have not. I suppose it's a mistake to think you would publish a note pointing out that the story was slanted. The slanting was in the reporter stating, as if it were fact, that the officer killed the suspect by returning fire. Yet the first paragraph says the dog was killed out of the presence of the police. Later, when an officer went around the corner and found the dog dead, he shot the suspect. Returning fire happens during an active shoot-out, not after rounding a corner and seeing a dead dog. The paper is not objective when it focuses all this pity on a dog and does not tell the story without spin. The suspect did not commit a capital offense, yet his killing seems to be handled as if it were a good thing.

The Breeder

Koda RIP
Many of you do not know or relize but koda was more then a dog. kodo was a K9 Officer who held a badge whos partner is now mourning his lost. Instead of complaining do something pro active get your kids invovled raise money to have all the K9 Officers vested with level 3 vests just as their other fellow officers should be. I breed and raise these K9 police dogs so this hits home even here in VA

to 3rd try...

Where you at the scene of the crime and tragedy? I'm guessing not...so knowing the details of how the whole thing went down would be beyond the scope of your knowledge. I don't know every detail, either. But I would much rather mourn the loss of a good police dog than the loss of a two-bit criminal who would probably have shot at a police officer as quickly as he shot at a police dog.

"Just a Dog"

to:jw This is a story written by a unknown author.
From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a dog." or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog." Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog," and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog." In those days of darkness, the gentle tough of "Just a dog" provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think its "Just a dog," you will probably understand phrases like "Just a friend," "Just a sunrise," or "Just a promise," "Just a dog" brings out pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

To be continued

"Just a Dog" Cont.

Just a Dog Continued

For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog." It's and embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog." It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a man or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog," smile, because they "Just Don't Understand.

~Author Unknown

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