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Retired Police Dog Koda Passes Away

Police Dog Koda, who many members of the public will remember was stabbed while on duty in 2013, has passed away.

Koda retired in 2014, taking a well-earned break as a family pet rather than a working dog.

The officer in charge of the SA Police Dog Operations Unit, Senior Sergeant Kurt Newcombe, said the community had always remained interested in Koda’s welfare following the attack, and that it was with sadness that he shared the news of his passing.

The 11-year-old German Shepherd had been ill for some time, with what was believed to be a tumour totally unrelated to the stabbing, and unfortunately took a turn for the worse last week, dying on Friday.

“PD Koda was an excellent working dog and was, sadly, a celebrity for all the wrong reasons, given the stabbing in 2013,” he said.

“During his career, Koda was deployed more than 638 times and was responsible for 116 arrests and clearing 235 offences.

“Koda will be sorely missed by his handler and family.”

- SAPOL

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