Members of the Pittsburgh Police Department were dealt a devastating blow on Thursday night when one of their own died following an attack earlier this week.
Rocco, an eight-year-old German shepherd, had been grievously injured on Tuesday night as he helped his partner apprehend a man wanted on multiple charges. That man, 21-year-old John L. Rush, viciously attacked Rocco with a knife.
Rush's brutal attack left Rocco bleeding profusely - one of his kidneys was lacerated, his spine was injured and his back muscles were torn.
Though the dog's condition seemed to improve Thursday morning, things took a horrible turn in the afternoon and Rocco died after suffering cardiac arrest at 6:17 p.m.
The video included with this article captures Rocco's somber departure from the veterinary clinic - honored by police officers who came to pay their respects to a fallen hero.
Prior article about Rocco here.
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