Amarillo police dog dies, apparently broke neck in training


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas police dog has died after running into a tree during a training exercise.

Amarillo police on Monday announced the death of the 5-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Bruno. A veterinarian says the 85-pound dog had external injuries indicating the animal likely broke his neck on impact.

A police statement says the accident happened Sunday morning. Bruno was running to retrieve a training aid used as a reward when he ran into a tree. The dog died at the scene.

Bruno had worked with Cpl. Kaleb McCarrell for two years and lived with the officer.

Amarillo police will arrange for the dog's burial.

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