Police dog dies after being injured tracking burglars in Yate
A POLICE dog has died after being injured while trying to trace burglars who had broken into a building in Yate.
Avon and Somerset police said Jet, a six-year-old German Shepherd, had been tracking the suspects when he went onto an "obscured" section of railway line and was hit by a train yesterday morning.
A force spokesperson said: "Sadly, despite receiving emergency treatment over the past 24 hours, his injuries were deemed too severe and the decision was taken to put him to sleep at midday today."
The suspects are still at large and police say they are continuing their enquiries to locate them.
Jet had joined the force from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in September last year and the spokesperson said he had "had some outstanding successes", including finding wanted and vulnerable people.
Tactical support teams Chief Inspector Jason Shears said: “We are incredibly sad at the loss of PD Jet.
“Jet was a determined and focussed Police Dog, who loved working in the many important roles our dogs perform in, all of which help to keep our communities safe.
“Jet and his handler had a very special bond, which was cemented by the months of hard work and training carried out.
"Jet will be missed by all within Avon and Somerset Police."