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Police K-9 dies after becoming frightened from fireworks, escaping kennel

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According to Monday's publication of, a police canine with the Glassboro, N.J., police department died after becoming frightened from fireworks and escaping from an outdoor kennel at her handler's home.

The tragic incident began on Saturday when the German shepherd, named "Anka," managed to break out of the chain-link kennel structure when nearby fireworks frightened her. Anka's handler, Glassboro Ptl. Charles Williams, found out that Anka had escaped when he came back to his home later that night.

Searchers immediately began to scour the area and the six-year-old dog was found, severely injured after being struck by a car, about a mile from where she escaped. Though Anka was rushed to a veterinarian, her injuries were so severe that she died before reaching the animal hospital.

The Glassboro Police Department shared the following information about Anka on their Facebook page:

Ptl. Williams and Anka graduated Patrol K9 school from the Philadelphia Police Canine Academy in October 14th, 2011. They were involved in numerous K9 assignments during their time in service. They participated in demonstrations throughout the region, most notably the yearly “Paws for the Cause” event in Glassboro and the Hero Thrill Show in Philadelphia.

The Brightstar German Shepherd Rescue had donated Anka to the department; she was the first female working canine with the department since 1958.

Anka's life will be honored in an upcoming memorial service - the date has not yet been determined.

On Monday, the police department wrote the following post on their Facebook page:

There have been several requests from people about where to send flowers or donations in memory of Anka. After speaking with Ptl. Williams and his family, they respectfully request that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

Brightstar German Shepherd Rescue
815 Robertson Road
Churchille, NY 14428
"In Memory of Anka"


Gloucester County Animal Shelter
1200 N. Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312
"In Memory of Anka"

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