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Marion police dog dies after training incident

Marion police dog dies after training incident

MARION, Ind. (WISH) — The Marion Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their police dogs.

K-9 Assuan with the Marion Police Department passed away after a training incident on June 27. (Provided Photo/Marion Police Department)

The department said K-9 Assuan was participating in a routine fence-jumping exercise on June 27 just after 10 p.m. when he failed to clear a fence and hit his head on the top rail.

Assuan suffered a traumatic brain injury and died at Comfort Veterinary Hospital around 10:40 p.m.

Officer James Meyerchick was Assuan’s handler. He said he was devastated after the sudden loss.

“I always worked and tried to problem solve to make myself a better handler and fine tune him as a dog but truth be told, he was always the best,” Officer Meyerchick said in a statement. “The best partner, co-worker, and the very best friend. I’m so sorry buddy, I’ll never get over this and you’ll never truly be replaced for me.”

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MPD said Assuan will be cremated and turned over to Officer Meyerchick.

Assuan worked with the department for five years.