- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff’s department in northwest Georgia is mourning the loss of a canine officer who was fatally shot after about three months on the job.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1lDrnv6 ) that a local motorcycle group composed of active and retired law enforcement workers donated money to buy Tanja, a Dutch shepherd, a bulletproof vest and the dog was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast later that day.

Deputies are planning a memorial service Friday morning at the Walker County Civic Center. The service is expected to include a 10-mile procession along U.S. Highway 27.

Wilson says the department considered Tanja part of the family, and the dog will be memorialized as if she were a human employee.

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