Nova Scotia RCMP had to say goodbye to one of their own on Monday — Helo, one of the police force's newest German shepherd recruits.
The 14-week-old puppy died at the Atlantic Veterinary College on P.E.I due to complications from three surgeries, according to an RCMP statement released on Tuesday.
Police say Helo had eaten rocks and some rope.
Helo was born on Oct. 4 at the RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alta. He was being socialized through the RCMP's puppy program in Nova Scotia, along with his brother Hamer.
"During his media debut last month, Helo made a lasting impression as the very vocal puppy, who had plenty so say," the RCMP release said.
"Our thoughts are with Helo's imprinter, Const. Tim Reid, who is saddened by the loss."
Hamer will continue with the RCMP puppy program.