A Twin Rivers School District police dog passed away during a training exercise in West Sacramento on Wednesday. The 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, named Jag, had been with that department for five years.
Jag and his handler, Sgt. Arlin Kocher, were at a warehouse near Harbor Boulevard and Highway 50 training alongside K9s from several different agencies and their handlers as part of a weekly maintenance training, according to Twin Rivers School District Police.
Details about what led up to the accident are not being released, but Twin Rivers PD says Jag was hit by a car.
"The officers noticed Jag got injured, they attempted CPR and continued CPR all the way to the vet in Rancho Cordova and he succumbed to his injuries out there," said Sgt. Matt Scott, a spokesperson for the Twin Rivers Police Department.
Scott said Kocher, as well as several other officers who have been training with Jag for years, are taking this loss very hard. Jag was used primarily as a narcotics and apprehension dog, according to Scott.
A funeral procession was held for Jag hours after his death. It started at the VCA on Old Winery Road in Rancho Cordova, where he was taken after being hit. It ended at the VCA In North Highlands near Elkhorn and Watt where Jag will be cremated.
The West Sacramento Police Department is investigating the accident, it said the driver of the vehicle that hit Jag will not be charged.
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