Another police dog has been killed in Metro Vancouver — the second in 24 hours to die while on duty.
The two-year-old dog named Barry died instantly when it was hit by a car late Tuesday night while chasing a burglary suspect across the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.
Ridge Meadows RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Bhatti said the death of the dog, which was also called Bear, was hard on the officer involved.
"They're partners. They go to all calls together. Again, I'm not a dog handler, but I'm quite sure that they're a team and I'm quite sure the dog handler is quite upset this morning," said Bhatti.
RCMP arrested one person in connection with the robbery, but several other suspects got away.
Early Tuesday morning, RCMP police service dog Bo was killed when the cruiser driven by his handler hit another vehicle and slammed into a power pole.
Staff Sgt. Ron Field, head of the RCMP Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services said the loss of two dogs has hit the team hard.
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"Losing two members of our team in two days is devastating - it’s not something one can prepare for. Our handlers are all feeling the loss and out thoughts are with the two officers who’ve lost their partners."