Christian County Sheriff's Office K9 dies after being hit by vehicle

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Christian County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Sunday morning, saying the department is saddened by the loss of one of their K9s who died as a result of a tragic accident.

The sheriff's office says, K9 Dzek, a one-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois, died from injuries related to being hit by a vehicle sometime during the early morning hours of Sunday, April 8.

According to the statement, Dzek’s handler, Deputy Rusty Rosencrance, let him out into his fenced-in area immediately after his shift early this morning at around 2:30 a.m.

Deputy Rosencrance says Dzek began chasing a cat and somehow managed to get out of the fenced-in area. Deputy Rosencrance searched for Dzek during most of the morning and finally found him around 7:00 a.m. on the side of the road in the area of the 6000 block of Lafayette Rd.

The Christian County Sheriff's Office says it appears that Dzek had been hit by a vehicle based on his injuries.

Dzek joined the department in November of 2017 and was immediately assigned to Deputy Rosencrance. He recently completed his training at Ricky Wade Kennels in Paris, TN and was a fully certified, dual purpose K9.

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