Sheriff investigating death of K-9 "King Luther"

RUTLANDThe Rutland County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation into the death of the Rutland Police Department's only canine. The incident happened last Tuesday night while police were trying to stop a car with four suspects during a high speed chase. Officer Frank Post says he did not know the dog, named King Luther had left the cruiser. Post thinks the dog got out while he was having trouble putting spike strips across the road, because King Luther may have been confused and thought his handler was wrestling with a suspect. That's when a state police cruiser hit the spike strips, lost control and hit and killed the dog. Vermont State Police believe frequent scanner traffic about chase prevented the trooper from hearing the spike strips had been setup. Police say the four suspects could be charged with King Luther's death. Last Thursday night, the department got its new K-9. His name is King Bricks. The new police officer is 15 months old and was donated by breeders in Bridport. He will go through training at the Police Academy and is expected to graduate in mid-November. That's when he'll officially become part of the force in Rutland. The memorial for King Luther was held last Friday at the Police Academy in Pittsford.

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