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Anti-poaching dog befriended by Prince Harry is put to sleep

Prince Harry and officials meet Killer the dog and his handler dog-sad
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A dog responsible for the capture of over 200 poachers in Kruger National Park has been put to sleep. Killer’s work was acknowledged most warmly by Prince Harry.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 15/06/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

Kruger National Park in South Africa has for decades been the target of criminal poachers intent on killing endangered species. 2014 is considered by far the worst year for the park with an estimated 1215 animals lost to poaching.

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The Kruger special ops team of anti-poacher guards recruited Belgian Malinois Killer as a puppy. Over the course of its life, the dog apprehended around 200 poachers.

Killer met Prince Harry in 2016. The Prince praised the dog for its bravery and stamina. Killer was even awarded the PDSA Gold Medal in 2016 for a successful crime-fighting career.

The end of the road

Handler Johan told The Mirror Killer’s hind legs had begun to weaken due to his ceaseless work in the field, and the affliction was causing him pain.

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The decision was taken this month to euthanize Killer.

Johan said, “There are a lot of people who will be sorry to hear of his passing, ­including Prince Harry, but it was time to let him go.

“His ashes will be taken to a special place out where he loved to be.”