Canine handler Officer Scott Huteson, and the entire Milwaukie Police Department are mourning the loss of K9 "Jag". The much beloved German Shephard was diagnosed with inoperable malignant bone cancer in early December 2012. After consulting with handler Officer Huteson, and veterinarian Dr. Chris Bonnell at VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, Chief Bob Jordan made the difficult decision to euthanize the ailing dog.
Jag and Officer Huteson have worked as a team since June 2009 to track fleeing criminal suspects, and to locate evidence dropped during suspect attempts to elude police.
Members of Milwaukie's Public Safety Advisory Committee, who were instrumental in acquiring funds for the department's canine program, visited Jag during his last days to say goodbye.
While working, Jag was on a strict veterinarian-supervised diet, but Officer Huteson always treated Jag to a cheeseburger as reward after a successful suspect capture. During Jag's final week, he was allowed many cheeseburger snacks without having to work for them. He will be missed. Jag was five years old.
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