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New Jersey Police Dog Dies During Training

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials don’t believe the heat is responsible for the death of a New Jersey police dog.

The Galloway Township Police Department says K-9 Blaze collapsed after starting a training session indoors Wednesday.

Doctors at a veterinary hospital said the 6-year-old German shepherd’s temperature indicated the death was not heat-related.

Blaze had been a patrol dog since 2007 and was the partner of Officer Scott Winneberger.

Police say the dog was responsible for numerous criminal apprehensions and drug detections.

Blaze is the second Galloway Township police dog to die this year. K-9 Sabre died of cancer in April.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Linder

    Police dogs and their handlers are heros. A police dog was laid off in another S. Jersey town – maybe could be rehired (already trained) to replace Blaze?

  • avx

    Why wasn’t the dog handler interviewed for this article?
    Lack of quality journalism here, as usual. Sorry for the dog.

  • Donan Strockbine

    AW, POOR GUY…Thank you Blaze for your service (even though I am a Phladelphian) – may you rest in peace in Doggy Heaven – :(

  • Dolores Plum

    this was my blaze.. the name cought my eye and I know you pain .

  • dolores38

    Blaze is my favorite name I.I too have lost a great dog and as as pure line dogs go they cary genes that lead to their demise. So sorry for your loss, when we lose a companion we lose a best friend. They ask for nothing and give all.

  • Emjaydee

    Sorry for the typo…I love animals. I hope Blaze is with the Lord.

  • Emjaydee

    hOW DID bLAZE DIE??!

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