A severe bacterial infection led to the death of Keizer K-9 police dog Wednesday afternoon.
Bruno, a 5-year-old German shepherd, and his handler Officer Scott Keniston were visiting the veterinarian to remove an abscessed tooth Tuesday when the doctor discovered lumps in Bruno’s chest.
After a chest x-ray revealed several lumps near Bruno’s lungs, Keniston rushed his partner to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland.
Doctors attempted to treat the infection, but Bruno died the following afternoon.
Keniston and Bruno had been working together since the dog joined the Keizer Police Department in June 2014.
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Keizer police Lt. Andrew Copeland said Bruno served Keizer residents in many ways, not only as a tracking and apprehension dog but also as an educational K-9.
Keniston and Bruno gave several presentations a year to school children.
Copeland said Bruno was purchased primarily with donations from Keizer residents.
His death leaves the department with just one K-9 dog, a Belgian malinois named Buster.
Keizer Police Department officials said they will begin the process of purchasing another K-9 within the next few months.
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