Kye was killed on the line of duty when he attempted to stop an armed robber back in 2014. The dog's passing was treated just like any other brave officer's would.
By, 8 Nov 2019
The German Shepherd cross' memory was honoured with a dignified funeral ceremony in Oklahoma City, USA.
Hundreds in attendance
The public ceremony drew K-9 officers and their dogs from all over the state. In fact, over 1,000 people showed up to pay their respects.
Kye was only 3 years old when he was stabbed by the suspect he was following. He was immediately taken to the vet’s, but sadly succumbed to his wounds the day following his attack.
During his short career, Kye had helped his owner arrest 56 criminals, and seize huge amounts of illegal drugs.
His passing was announced in a heart-breaking Facebook post by the Oklahoma City Police. The post sparked an immense wave of empathy from the public, who sent in thousands of messages of condolence.
A beautiful tribute
Kye’s owner and partner, Sergeant Ryan Stark, shot the man who stabbed his dog on that fateful day. His case then had to be the object of an internal investigation.
Despite this, he attended the moving ceremony. For him, Kye was much more than just a work partner. Knowing the dog since he was only 18 months of age, Kye was more like a family member than anything else. As Ryan says his final goodbyes, he is unable to hold back his tears.
The following video was projected during the ceremony; a final and heart-warming goodbye to the courageous dog:
Though Kye is gone, he lives on in the hearts of the whole police department and of those who loved him. Rest in peace, sweet boy!