FRANKLIN CO., Ohio (WCMH)– A Franklin County Sheriffs Department dog was killed Monday morning when she suddenly darted into the street and was struck by a truck.
Udet, a 3-year-old German Shepherd was trained in narcotics detection and worked with Deputy Mike Durbin.
Chief deputy Jim Gilbert told NBC4 that Durbin and Udet were preparing to leave for work this morning when Udet spotted another dog across the street and took off. Gilbert says Durbin tried to recall Udet but she did not respond and was struck by a dump truck.
Gilbert says Udet was Durbin’s second K9 partner. “It’s a very tough time, very emotional time right now,” Gilbert said. “He’s energetic. He loves the job that he does with the dog and that bond that’s forged. This is going to be very tough for him.”
Retired Franklin County Deputy Mike Pennington now owns and operates Storm Dog Training, a K9 training facility in Sunbury, Ohio.
Pennington says anytime a police dog is killed, the entire K9 handler community feels it. “The bond is tremendous,” Pennington said. “When you spend more time with your working dog than you do with your own family, it becomes a very special bond. “They’re always happy to see you and willing to protect you day in and day out without prejudice.”
Ohio State University police officer Tim Cooper is in training with his second K9 partner, Izzy. His partner for the last 7 years, AndOr, will retire soon. Cooper says news of Udet’s death is a reminder to all handlers how quickly things can go wrong. “No matter how well-trained they are, they see another dog or that split second where they want to go check something out and no matter what you do, sometimes it’s just not enough to get them to stop or come back or whatever.”
Udet will be buried at the Franklin County Canine Memorial on Jackson Pike.