The Puyallup Police Department will honor its fallen tracking dog, Chance, at a memorial service 4 p.m. next Wednesday, June 13, at Puyallup Church of the Nazarene, 1026 7th Ave SW.
The public is welcome.
Chance, a nearly 6-year-old German shepherd, died unexpectedly Tuesday during a routine veterinary procedure.
He’d been with the department about five years, working with the same handler, Officer Gary Shilley, his entire career.
Shilley was shot during a traffic stop at the South Hill Mall in 2006, and began working with Chance after he returned to the force.
“He came with the name Bosco, but that didn’t mean a lot to me,” Shilley told The News Tribune in 2008. “I figured Chance was more appropriate, because basically he’s a second chance for me. That’s what it’s all about.”
Chance, who lived with Shilley, was sent out more than 250 times to track suspects fleeing crimes from robbery to assault. He made 51 captures.
He visited schools, participated in community events and was said to enjoy a good head pat from citizens he wasn’t trying to catch.
A fund has been established to help the department pay for a new police dog, equipment and programs. Donations to the Puyallup K-9 Memorial Fund can be made in person or sent to the police department at 311 W. Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371.