Heartbreaking Photo Shows Officer Saying Goodbye to Dying K9 Partner


It is no secret that humans and their dogs have a special bond. The animals are not called man’s best friend for no reason.

But when those dogs spend countless hours training and serving alongside police officers, they create an even greater connection.

K9 partners are trained to hold a specific role such as detecting illegal substances, patrolling and tracking evidence or individuals.

These police dogs accompany their handlers on traffic stops, responding to assistance calls and even apprehending suspects.

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A K9 officer is the dog’s partner at work and at home, so the K9 forms a bond with the officer’s family as well.

The officer and his dog experience life together, the good times and the bad, as they serve alongside each other.

So, you can imagine the pain and heartbreak handler Chula Vista Officer Chancellor and his family felt after K9 Griffen passed away last week.

K9 Griffen was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois who suffered from an undisclosed medical condition.

Officer Chancellor and Griffen worked the night shift in Chula Vista, and the dog made frequent appearances at public events.

“It’s hard to overstate the bond that a K-9 and his handler have when working long hours in dangerous situations,” Chula Vista Police Department stated. “CVPD’s law enforcement family extends deepest sympathies to his partner officer.

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“On behalf of all the women and men at the Chula Vista Police Department, Thank You Griffen for your service, you will be missed.”

Although it is hard to describe the bond between Officer Chancellor and Griffen, one picture that is being circulated shows a pretty clear depiction of their connection as the officer mourns Griffen’s death.

The love between this officer and his beloved partner is clear as Officer Chancellor hugs Griffen goodbye. Chancellor’s family and other members of the K9 program were also present when Griffen took his last breath.

Our hearts go out to this officer, his family, and the Chula Vista Police Department during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Griffen.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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