By 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 ( ) 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.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide