Longtime Sacramento police canine officer Hutch has died, the department announced.
The big German shepherd, whose age was not provided, died Tuesday morning, a post from the Sacramento Police Canine Association and reposted on the police department page revealed.
Hutch is the fourth canine officer in the Sacramento region to die recently, following Sacramento police dogs Bandit and Bodie and Woodland officer Mondo.
Hutch joined the force in 2005 and teamed with his handler, Officer Aaron Thompson. After being retired in 2013, Hutch lived with Thompson and his family, the Facebook post states.
Thompson wrote this about his former partner: “Hutch was responsible for hundreds bad guys being brought to justice and undoubtedly saved my bacon a time or two. Rest in Peace my loyal friend and partner.”
A private ceremony will be held to honor Hutch. Cards can be sent to: Sacramento Police Canine Association, 550 Bercut Drive, Sacramento, CA 95811.
The last several weeks have hit local law enforcement’s canine ranks hard. The death of Mondo, who served the Woodland Police Department for 9 1/2 years, was announced on Nov. 25. Bodie, a hero credited with saving the life of Officer Randy Van Dusen in 2012, died Nov. 8; Bandit, who survived a gunshot to the neck in 2010, died on Nov. 9.