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December 4, 2011

Moore looking into K-9’s death

NORMAN — A Moore K-9 officer was found dead Saturday night by a department officer at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road.

According to a press release from the Moore police department, Bak, a 5-year-old German shepherd, was either released or taken from a security pen in Sgt. Kerri Andrews’ yard.

Police said the lock on Bak’s security pen was removed between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lt. Ted Belling said it is unclear how Bak died, but a veterinarian will determine the cause of death.

If suspects are found after an initial investigation, Belling said, the department will decide if criminal charges will be filed. Causing the death of a police dog is a felony.

Bak will be missed by the department, Belling said, especially by his handler, Andrews.

“The department is saddened by the loss of Bak. He has been faithfully serving the department for three years,” he said.

Any tips related to Bak’s disappearance and death can be reported to the department at 793-5171.

Hannah Cruz 366-3540 hcruz@normantranscript.com

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