According to Monday's publication of the Edmonton Journal, a police canine died after suffering multiple stab wounds following his encounter with a suspected car thief.
The five-year-old German shepherd, named "Quanto," was stabbed early Monday morning after 27-year-old Paul Joseph Vukmavich attempted to flee from a car which had stolen plates; Quanto had been sent to help apprehend the suspect.
Though Quanto was rushed to an emergency veterinarian, the wounds proved to be life-ending.
Quanto had been a member of the Edmonton, Canada, Police Department for several years and members of the department are mourning his loss.
Acting Staff Sgt. Troy Carriere, the head of the Edmonton Police Service canine unit, stated:
“Police Service Dog Quanto had absolutely, no doubt, dedicated his life to this unit, to the citizens of Edmonton, and this morning made the ultimate sacrifice,”
There’s no question that had he not been deployed to apprehend the subject, who was highly motivated to get away, we most likely would have seen one of our own members hurt or killed ... That was his job, and he did it well.”
Vukmavich is facing multiple charges, including criminal flight, dangerous driving, resisting arrest and cruelty to an animal.
Deputy Police Chief Danielle Campbell, along with other members of the department, are hailing Quanto a hero; Campbell stated that the dog "most definitely," saved officers' lives on Monday.
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