Over 1,000 people, plus dozens of service dogs, attended the funeral for an Oklahoma City police dog killed while helping his partner catch a car thief.
Kye was a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd. He was stabbed during the arrest, and was buried by the police department with full honors including a flag-draped casket and a 21-gun salute.
Department spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson told Today.com:
Kye was injured while Stark was responding to a stolen car report last Sunday, August 24. A 22-year-old suspect had led police officers on a car chase until he crashed his vehicle in a ditch and then tried to flee by foot. Kye chased after the suspect and Stark, when he caught up to both of them, saw the suspect stabbing the dog repeatedly with a knife.
“Without question, Kye’s sacrifice saved the life of one of the officers. We will forever remain in your debt,” Sgt. Coy Gilbert said during his eulogy.