Hero Down: Cambridge Police Department K9 Dani Dies After Twisting Intestine
Cambridge, MD – Cambridge Police Department (CPD) K9 Dani died on Feb. 3 following an emergency surgery to repair a twist in her intestines.
The five-year-old K9’s medical condition cut off the blood supply to her vital organs, and doctors at Choptank Animal Hospital tried desperately to save her during the surgery attempt, the Dorchester Star reported.
“The Cambridge Police Department along with Pfc. Mark Shayne and family wishes to thank all officers and surrounding agencies that took the time to respond to the Choptank Animal Hospital and [pay] their goodbyes and to greet the family of K-9 Dani,” Cambridge Police Captain Justin Todd told the paper.
K9 Dani served alongside Officer Shayne for three years, WBOC reported.
“Just last year, she herself had a total of 42 arrests,” Capt. Todd told WBOC. “She was such a vital role to us.”
Having K9 Dani in the ranks also helped bring police and community members together.
“It gave us another chance to be in the community and have the community know Dani as well,” Capt. Todd explained.
K9 Dani helped make three drug arrests on what ended up being her last day of duty, the Dorchester Star reported.
“Dani was a hit at community events because of her gentle personality, but she always knew when it was time to work,” Officer Shayne told the paper. “I wasn’t supposed to, but anytime Dani recovered a large amount of drugs or a gun, I would get her some chicken nuggets, which she loved.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cambridge Police Department and Officer Shayne in the loss of K9 Dani.