California officer forced to shoot K-9 after violent attack

Photo of K-9 Officer Odin provided by the Fresno Police Department.

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – A police dog was shot dead after suddenly attacking an officer on Tuesday morning, according to Fresno Police officials.

Last October, officials said K-9 Odin attacked and seriously injured an officer, who had to be hospitalized for his injuries.

After reviewing the safety of the public and officers, officials said the decision was made to remove the K-9 Odin from service.

Over the course of several months, Odin’s behavior continued to decline and he began to become more aggressive towards those who care for him.

After a final assessment, the ministry made the difficult decision to euthanize Odin.

Photo of K-9 Officer Odin provided by the Fresno Police Department

On Tuesday morning, Odin was scheduled to undergo the procedure and members of the K-9 unit gathered to take him to the vet’s office.

Officials say Odin continued to be extremely aggressive despite prescribed sedatives. Odin ended up biting a K-9 officer on the arm.

The officer failed to get Odin to let go, so officials say he was forced to shoot him.

“Members of the Fresno Police Department are truly saddened by this incident, and we will be eternally grateful for his years of service to our community,” Fresno Police officials wrote in a press release.

K-9 Odin was 4 years old and had served with the Fresno Police Department for three years.

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