POCATELLO, Idaho – The Pocatello Police Department in Idaho is mourning the unexpected death of K9 Bart.
Bart passed away last Sunday, Nov. 29, while on-duty, according to police.
Bart began with the department in April 2015. Cpl. Akilah Lacey has been his handler for Bart’s entire career, KIDK reported.
Bart was a highly trained narcotics and apprehension dog and was even rated 3rd Best Patrol Dog in the State of Idaho in 2018.
“Bart was a beloved and valuable member of our K9 unit. He played an important role in making our city a better, safer place to live,” Pocatello Police said in a Facebook post.
The agency said Bart passed away peacefully from natural causes.
This was the announcement from the department:
The Pocatello Police Department is mourning the loss of K9 Bart. Bart, a 5½ year veteran of the department, unexpectedly passed away Sunday while on-duty. Bart served alongside his handler, Cpl. Akilah Lacey, for his entire career with PPD. Bart was a highly trained Narcotics and Apprehension dog, accounting for a large amount of drug seizures throughout his career. He was utilized in countless K9 demonstrations and was rated 3rd Best Patrol Dog in the State of Idaho in 2018. Bart was a beloved and valuable member of our K9 unit. He played an important role in making our city a better, safer place to live.
Thank You For Your Service, Rest In Peace
They did not provide Bart’s age at the time of death.
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