Veteran police service dog dies suddenly

Durham Regional Police Det.-Const. Jeff Burns and Reese, a five-year-old German shepherd that died...

Durham Regional Police Det.-Const. Jeff Burns and Reese, a five-year-old German shepherd that died last week. (Supplied photo)

MATT INGRAM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

TORONTO -- A southern Ontario police force is grieving a veteran police service dog that died suddenly last week.

Reese, a German shepherd with the Durham Regional Police, just east of Toronto, died while off duty on Aug. 15 from a medical episode brought on by a blood clot in his intestines. The dog would have been six years old in November.

Reese and his handler, Det.-Const. Jeff Burns, have been members of the canine unit since 2010 and have dozens of arrests to their credit.

Burns was too upset by the loss of Reese to speak with the media Tuesday.

"When something like this happens, when the dog is struck down in his prime, that's pretty hard to take because of the bond you develop," said Det.-Const. Jim Stephenson, another member of the canine unit.


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