A beloved police dog has been euthanized due to medical complications, Porterville police said Tuesday.
Diago, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, was born in France in 2004 and brought to the United States about two years later. He responded to German commands and trained with Office Aaron Sutherland.
In 2010, after Sutherland transferred to investigations, Sgt. Chris Contreras became his handler. Diago retired in July and lived with the Contreras family.
During his almost 7-year career, Diago helped apprehend 135 suspects and was deployed more than 1,500 times in searches and other duties, saving the department thousands of man-hours by finding people who were lost or hiding. He also competed in K-9 competitions and received numerous awards.
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