Celebrated Sacramento police dog Bandit died Wednesday, the second death this week of a well-known retired canine.
Bandit, who was shot in the neck in 2010, died at age 11, the Sacramento Police Canine Association said on Facebook. On Tuesday, retired Sacramento K9 Bodie died after falling ill from a bacterial infection.
Both dogs are remembered for saving lives.
Bodie may have saved Officer Randy Van Dusen’s life May 18, 2012, when the dog was shot trying to apprehend suspect Lucas Jerome Webb, 33, during a car chase and foot pursuit through Land Park.
In 2010, a man broke into a home on O’Neil Way, tied up a teenage girl and her 5-year-old brother and began searching the home. The girl was able to call police and Bandit and his partner, Detective Gary Dahl, were in the backyard when the suspect ran out of the house. Bandit chased the suspect, who turned around and shot him in the neck.
He healed fully and returned to duty three months later.
“While apprehending violent felony suspects, Bandit has been hit, kicked, choked, fell through ceilings and knocked down stairs by criminals focused on not going to jail for their crimes,” the Canine Association said on Facebook. “One suspect even broke his own hand while striking Bandit in his stubborn, hard head while attempting to escape (he was charged with assault on a police dog). Bandit did not waiver and never quit in his fight against crime.”
Bandit retired in January 2015 and lived with Dahl’s family and an English Mastiff named Daisy, the association said. Dahl and his family were with Bandit when he died of old age at the VCA Veterinary Referral Center.