Police dog dies after apparently being struck by a vehicle

MORRICE, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a police dog has died after apparently being struck by a vehicle in Shiawassee County.

The Argus-Press of Owosso reports Reggie, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, apparently escaped from the Morrice Police Department chief’s yard on Dec. 23 and died along with a second dog.

Chief Matt Balsley kept Reggie at home and trained him. He says the K-9 “was one of a kind” and “made a big imprint.”

Sabre, a 3-year-old German shepherd owned by Balsley, also died. Balsley this week described it as a “freak accident” and suspects the person responsible may not have seen the dogs. He says there were no reports that someone had struck an animal.

Balsley says he believes the dogs may have pushed open a latch on a gate to escape.

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