Reedley, CA – A California police department is mourning the loss of one of their own. The Reedley Police Department was conducting a desperate search for a police K9 who escaped from his handler’s home on the 4th of July – the dog, named Kona, escaped from his handler’s garage, and fenced yard, during the holiday’s firework displays.
According to the department, the German shepherd’s body was found on July 6, just outside of Visalia. The authorities said that Kona had been struck by a vehicle and had “crawled into a vineyard” where he died from his injuries.
Prior to the devastating discovery, the department had reached out to the public to help find the missing 10-year-old dog. The agency explained that surveillance footage showed Kona breaking out fence boards on the night of the fourth.
A large reward was offered for Kona’s safe return.
After the heartbreaking discovery of Kona’s body, the department thanked everyone who contributed their time and expressed concern, over the K9’s disappearance.
The department said:
Please take a moment to remember Kona and keep his handler in your thoughts during this difficult period of grief and loss. We hope that he and his family find solace in knowing how many people cared deeply about the safe return of Kona.
Rest in peace Kona.