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Attacks on K-9s on the rise

Police dogs' duty more dangerous in San Diego

By Michael Stetz
San Diego Union-Tribune
Related: Calif. suspect leaps off bridge with police dog

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Being a K-9 officer is no dog's life. It's tough, demanding and sometimes deadly.

Take Stryker. The Oceanside Police Department dog recently died in the line of duty – and he wasn't the first.

In the course of their work, police dogs have been shot. They've been knifed. They've been clubbed.

In San Diego County, few police dogs have died, but attacks on them appear to be rising nationwide, said the president of a national police-dog organization. Not only do they face angry criminals, the dogs also die from heat-related stress while doing their jobs.

Stryker was sent after a drunken-driving suspect who had stopped his truck on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge on New Year's Eve.

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