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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – The Floyd County Sheriff’s department announced K-9 Officer Angus had to be euthanized Saturday morning after a tragic accident.
Saturday morning an unknown female called 9-1-1 to report that K-9 Angus was attacking the officer outside his home.
According the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Gutierrez and K-9 Angus was loading up to start their morning shift, when out of no where K-9 Angus turned on Officer Gutierrez. The incident happened outside the home of Officer Gutierrez.
Officer Gutierrez had no other choice than to use deadly force to get the dog off him. Officer Gutierrez was taken by EMS to W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Angus was taken to Central Plains Animal Clinic in Plainview where he was later euthanized because of his injuries.
Angus was a Dutch Sheppard that lived with Officer Gutierrez and his family. In fact, Officer Gutierrez was Angus’ sole caregiver. Angus and Gutierrez were partners for two years. There was never any cause for alarm.
I interviewed Officer Gutierrez in February. Angus and Gutierrez spent many hours together, in fact Gutierrez told me that when Angus retired, he would become their family dog.
What happened is a tragic accident, and Officer Gutierrez is heartbroken over the loss of his partner.
Paul Rassiez will be doing an investigation on the attack.