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PD Jet mourned after death while chasing burglars

Officers from two forces and handlers across the country have paid tribute to a hero police dog killed while chasing burglars.

A police dog handler is mourning after his dog was killed on duty.

Avon and Somerset revealed PD Jet, a six-year-old German shepherd, had died after being hit by a train on Wednesday morning.

He had been chasing burglars following an incident at a commercial premises in Yate, south Gloucestershire.

Despite receiving emergency veterinary treatment, his injuries were too severe and the decision was taken to put him to sleep.

The force confirmed that the suspects involved were still at large but inquiries were continuing.

PD Jet had joined the force from Devon and Cornwall Police in September last year and among his achievements were finding wanted and vulnerable people.

Chief Inspector Jason Shears paid tribute to the dog’s grief-stricken handler.

He said: “We are incredibly sad at the loss of PD Jet.”

“Jet was a determined and focused police dog who loved working in the many important roles our dogs perform in, all of which help to keep our communities safe. Jet will be missed by all within Avon and Somerset Police.”

Handlers at every other force in the country joined the tributes and offered condolences to PD Jet’s handler.

Among the many other tributes was the Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund.

It shared on social media: “Our thoughts are with Police Dog Jet's handler and all who cared for Jet. Tragic news. Thank you Jet for your bravery and dedication to the job. Faithful and loyal to the very end.”

Devon and Cornwall Police Federation also shared: “Sad news at the death of former Devon and Cornwall Police Dog Jet. Our thoughts with his handler and colleagues in Avon and Somerset Police.”

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