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Riverdale police dog dies

Riverdale police dog dies

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RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) -- The first and only dog to serve Riverdale police has died.

Koda, a 6-year-old German shepherd, was acting sluggish this week, so his handler took him to a veterinarian.

Police say Koda underwent surgery to see what was wrong and doctors found cancerous tumors throughout his stomach. The dog was euthanized and buried Thursday at Ogden's pet cemetery.

The Riverdale Police Association is planning to install a monument at the grave.

Officer Brandon Peterson, who was Koda's handler, says the dog was responsible for dozens of apprehensions in four years with the department. Peterson says Koda was also a good incentive to get suspects to surrender without running or putting up a fight.

------ Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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