MURRIETA, CA — Murrieta police are mourning the loss of one of their own. Retired K9 Blitz, who made dozens of arrests and recovered hundreds of pounds of drugs during her local career, died Monday.
Murrieta police shared an emotional post on Facebook about the beloved police dog, who started her career as a Navy Seal Team Member. She died just 15 days shy of her twelfth birthday from “an aggressive form of cancer,” police said.
Murrieta Police Det. Sean Waterman, who was Blitz’s handler and human since coming to Murrieta, said the pup was put to rest at noon on Monday.
“She was my protector, my hero and my best friend,” he said. “She will never be outside my thoughts.”
Here’s what Murrieta PD had to say about their canine:
“We are saddened to report the passing of retired K9 Blitz on March 12, 2018 Blitz started her career as a Navy Seal Team Member and certified in the ability to detect explosives and ordinances.
After completing her military tour she was brought to Riverside California in July of 2008 where Officer Waterman saw her and selected her to be his partner. Blitz gave over 6 and a half years of service to the City of Murrieta.
During her time with us, here are some of her amazing stats:
- Detected and recovered over 100 pounds of methamphetamine, 300 pounds of marijuana, 40 pounds of heroin, and 25 pounds of cocaine
- Made over 80 arrests during her tenure which include numerous “give ups” and 7 actual apprehensions of dangerous felons.
- Competed in 6 Riverside K9 Trials in which she has placed third overall in narcotics detection among placing in the top five in several other patrol apprehension events.
Blitz officially retired from her duties at the Murrieta Police Department on June 15, 2015…
Rest in Paradise sweet girl.”
Images via Murrieta PD