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Puyallup police mourn fallen tracking dog

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on June 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm with 8 Comments »
June 6, 2012 1:48 pm
Chance and Officer Gary Shilley. Photo courtesy of the Puyallup Police Department.

Puyallup’s police force is mourning one of its own.

Chance, a 6-year-old German shepherd who worked as a tracking dog, died unexpectedly Tuesday during a routine veterinary procedure.

He’d gone in for treatment of a back ailment common to his breed, and was sedated while undergoing an MRI, said police Capt. Dave McDonald.

Chance worked with the same handler, Officer Gary Shilley, his entire five-year police career.

“Chance was a very good dog,” McDonald said. “His death is a loss to the department, his handler and the community.”

The department has two other police dogs, including Daro, a German shepherd who’s retiring this month after a career spanning more than nine years.

Daro was stabbed in the leg and cut on the head in 2010 by an armed suspect he was tracking. He quickly recovered and returned to duty.

“These dogs are there to capture the person being pursued and to help protect their officer. They are a valuable asset to us,” said City Councilman Steve Vermillion, who mentioned Chance’s death during Tuesday’s council meeting.

“It’s a loss to the department, and I can’t help but think of the officer who bonded with him all those years,” he said.


Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. A loss of experience, to his handler and to the community.
    You can’t beat a good dog and his handler.

  2. ladybugs says:

    Uncle Gary and Shelby..
    Chance will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all as the healing process begins. RIP K-9 officer Chance. “Gone But Not Forgotten”.

  3. Kinimesa says:

    You never forget the loss of a good dog. Condolences to his handler and the department.

  4. We offer our sincere condolences to Officer Shilley and the Puyallup Police Department in the loss of Chance. Thanks for your service, Chance. Rest in Peace.

  5. Sorry to hear the loss of a hero and good dog

  6. akaruzas says:

    Gary & Shelby

    Our hearts are with you during this time of loss. Kev & I are here for you and appreciate all yours and Chance’s hardwork partering together to serve the Puyallup community. The love for your K9 hits close to home.

    RIP Hero

    With love, Mr & Mrs Karuzas

  7. papasan says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Officer Shilley, the Puyallup Police and the Citizens of Puyallup for their loss.

  8. I wonder why Chance died while undergoing an MRI. Because of the metal involved in my cochlear implant (the magnet) I can’t undergo an MRI. Could the MRI have moved something like the I.D. chip Chance probably had. I wouldn’t think they’d risk an M.R.I. if there was any kind of metal in the dog.

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