By Jim Ryan
The Oregonian, Porland, Ore.
HILLSBORO, Ore. — A Hillsboro police dog was euthanized early Tuesday after being seriously injured in a car crash, police say.
The dog, named Billy, was riding in a patrol car that was hit by another car late Monday at Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway and Century Boulevard, Lt. Henry Reimann said in a news release. The police dog suffered spinal cord damage, Reimann said, and veterinarians euthanized him about four hours later.
His handler, Officer Cory Zaugg, suffered minor injuries.
Reimann said Zaugg and Billy were headed west on Tualatin Valley approaching Century when an eastbound car turned left onto Century and hit the patrol car.
Zaugg and Billy were on duty at the time but weren’t headed to an emergency call, said Reimann, a Hillsboro police spokesman. The other driver stayed at the scene and hadn’t been cited early Tuesday.
Reimann said the patrol car, a Ford Crown Victoria, is outfitted to carry a police dog, but no harness keeps the dog from moving around in the car, he said.
Reimann said Billy was a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who was with the department for two years.
The crash, which happened about 10:40 p.m., remains under investigation.
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