One of the first Richmond Police dogs to serve on the City's SWAT team passed away earlier this week.
K-9 Koda was rushed to an emergency vet on Saturday when he began showing signs of distress and discomfort. However, a terminal illness caused him to peacefully pass away.
The 6-year-old German Shepherd and K-9 Officer Montague Agee graduated patrol school together in 2007 and worked together ever since.
"Koda loved to work. He loved tracking, he was excited about his job and he loved catching bad guys," Agee said."They're more than just animals. We put our lives in their hands. I never had a doubt. If a suspect was hiding somewhere, he'd find him and do what he had to do."
K-9 Koda made 55 apprehensions and located more than 25 pieces of evidence, including firearms, clothing and items belonging to suspects. He will be recognized during the Department's Salute to Excellence Awards on Aug. 9.
Anyone wishing to send cards, donations or learn more about the K-9 Unit may do so via the Friends of the Richmond K-9 Unit at P.O. Box 25495, Richmond, VA 23260; K-9 Sgt. Michael Bohannon at Michael.Bohannon@richmondgov.com; or K-9 Officer Monty Agee at Montague.Agee@richmondgov.com
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