PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio — She laid her life on the line each time she was called to duty. Now, her only job is to rest in peace, as her admirers honor her memory.
Perkins Township police K-9 Uganda passed away early Sunday morning, the department posted on its Facebook page.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this post. Around 1230 this morning, K9 Uganda passed away due to complications from her injury. An autopsy was performed early this morning and it seems a blood clot let loose and caused her death.”
Uganda had been injured during a training exercise last week. She was rushed to Med-Vet in Columbus, where she underwent surgery for a flipped stomach. She had been released Saturday and was expected to make a full recovery before her untimely death.
During her time with the Perkins Township Police Department since 2011, Uganda made countless drug seizures, tracked missing persons and assisted in criminal arrests.
She was beloved by everyone, according to her department, and made regular appearances at area schools.
But most of all, she was adored by her handler, Sgt. Marty Curran, with whom she was inseparable, the department said.
“They didn’t just work together, they did everything together. Sgt. Curran’s dedication to the department and to the K9 program is tremendous. It showed every day just by watching the two of them together.”
Rest in peace, Uganda.