Tragedy as police dog dies chasing break and enter suspect

QUEENSLAND Police are mourning the loss of one of their own following the death of a police dog in Toowoomba.

PD Kaleb and his handler, Sergeant Constable Trevor O’Neill, were responding to a break and enter on Anzac Avenue at Harristown shortly before 1.30am on Sunday when tragedy struck.

In a statement, Queensland Police said PD Kaleb collapsed after tracking a suspect for more than an hour.


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“It is with extremely heavy hearts that the Queensland Police Service can confirm the death of a serving police dog in Harristown earlier this morning,” the statement said.

“PD Kaleb was conducting a track through residential streets and a school when they located a man believed to be involved in the break in.

“As PD Kaleb ended the track around 2.45am he stumbled and lay down while returning to the Dog Squad vehicle.

“His handler immediately rendered first aid, however PD Kaleb collapsed into unconsciousness.”

The seven-year-old service dog was rushed to the closest vet but sadly could not be saved.

PD Kaleb and his handler, Sergeant Constable Trevor O’Neill (Source: Queensland Police)

His handler, Sergeant Constable O’Neill, has been left “absolutely devastated” by the loss of his dog, partner and mate, police said.

PD Kaleb has spent the last five years with the Queensland Police Service conducting countless successful tracks and apprehensions.

“All QPS dogs live at home with their handlers and are part of their family and the bond between handlers and their dogs makes them inseparable,” police said.

“The QPS takes the safety and wellbeing of all police dogs very seriously and treats them as valued members of the police family.

“When a police dog passes away as a result of an incident on duty or in training, the State Capability Coordinator (Dog Squad) conducts a review into the circumstances of the incident.

“Vale RD Kaleb, with honour you served, and it was our honour to serve with you.”

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The UK has just introduced a law ensuring that anyone abusing or attacking a law enforcement animal – dog or police horse – will be prosecuted to the same extent of the law as they would be for harming a human police officer. We need to do the same here if we haven’t already
done so.