Illegal cables kill cop dog

2014-10-13 00:00

A LONG serving Pietermaritzburg SAPS K9 search and rescue unit dog was killed while on duty on Friday night.

Storm was chasing criminals with his handler in the Copesville informal settlement just before 10 pm when the dog was electrocuted by illegally connected electrical wires.

His handler, Constable Lungile Zondi, said they were responding to a robbery call in the area when the tragedy happened.

Zondi said they had taken Storm because of his detective skills. She said it was heartbreaking seeing him barking for help but she could not help him.

“Storm came across illegal electrical wires on the ground and stepped onto them. He tried to run to the other side but he was electrocuted and died there,” Zondi said.

“I was in danger myself because there were a lot of illegal connections. He was a winner and even at work he was the most feared dog.”

SAPS K9 Unit spokesperson Jack Haskins paid tribute to Storm, praising him for his dedication and detective skills.

“He was a very good and hard-working dog. He was aggressive. It is a great loss to the police because we are battling to find hard- working dogs,” said Haskins.

He said Storm had worked with them for over five years and will be missed.

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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