QUEENSLAND Police are mourning the loss of one of their own following the death of a police dog in Maryborough West this morning.
Police Dog Rambo and his handler were tracking a man who had allegedly fled from police on the Bruce Highway when tragedy struck around 12.30am.
In a statement, police confirmed Rambo was hit by a car while trying to hunt down the wanted man.
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“Police immediately transported Rambo to a nearby vet but sadly he could not be revived,” police said.
The much-loved service dog graduated from the academy in 2015 and “worked tirelessly in keeping the Maryborough community safe”.
Police said Rambo often assisted officers in locating missing persons and successfully tracked two property offenders on Australia day in 2019.
“All QPS dogs are part of their handler’s family and the bond between handlers and their dogs makes them inseparable,” police said in a statement.
“The QPS takes the safety and wellbeing of all PDs very seriously and treats them as valued members of the policing family.
“When a PD passes away as a result of an incident on duty or in training, the State Dog Squad Capability Coordinator conducts a review into the circumstances of the incident.”