(MCT) — LeROY — Victor, the LeRoy police dog, was struck by a vehicle and killed last Wednesday when he ran into the road while playing outside the farm where he lived with his partner, Officer Brian Taylor.
Victor was taken to the Animal Clinic in Fairbury, where he was pronounced dead, Police Chief Gordon Beck said. The 9-year-old dog was two months away from his scheduled retirement, he added.
“Together K-9 Victor and Officer Brian Taylor have done an outstanding job for our city and the region at large,” Beck said in a commendation. “Victor will be missed.”
Victor joined the department in 2004 to begin the new canine program and went into service April 4, 2005, after training with Taylor.
The department’s canine program will continue. Officer Sean Spencer will begin training in February with a dog to be purchased in December.