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Washington State Patrol K-9 dies after undergoing emergency surgery

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K-9 Officer Patrick. (Photo: Washington State Patrol) K-9 Officer Patrick. (Photo: Washington State Patrol)
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A Washington State Patrol explosive detection K-9 named Patrick has died after undergoing emergency surgery. 

Patrick, a nearly 3-year-old German Shepherd, passed away on April 14. He had fallen ill during explosive detection training. 

"We lost a member of the WSP family who devotedly served the agency," said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. "Patrick's explosive detection work helps keep tens of thousands of Washington residents and travelers safe."

He is survived by his handler Trooper Mike Allan, who has been a K-9 handler for more than 12 years. 

"Patrick was by far the best dog I have partnered with in my entire K-9 handling career," Allan said. "He will be sadly missed."

Patrick was with the agency for seven months and worked in the state ferry system. 

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