Hero police dog tragically put down after being injured while chasing burglars

A hero police dog has had to be put down after he was 'severely' injured while on a job.

The German Shepherd, named Jet, was tragically injured when he was hit by a train on Wednesday.

He was pursuing burglary suspects while working for Avon and Somerset Police with his handler in Yate, South Gloucestershire.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency veterinary treatment team, the "incredibly sad" decision was taken to put the pup to sleep.

"Jet will be missed by all within Avon and Somerset Police," the force said.

The pooch, only six years old, was previously with Devon and Cornwall Police.

He joined the new force in September 2020.

Jet was chasing suspects linked to a commercial burglary when he ran onto a railway line and was tragically hit by an oncoming train.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: ''It is with great sadness that we are announcing the death of one of our police dogs, PD Jet, who was injured following an incident whilst on duty yesterday morning.

''Jet, a six-year-old German Shepherd, had been deployed to locate suspected offenders following a report of a burglary at a commercial premises in Yate when he free tracked onto an obscured section of railway line and was struck by a train.

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''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 burglary suspects remain outstanding and enquiries to locate them are ongoing.

''Since joining us from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in September last year, Jet has had some outstanding successes within Avon and Somerset, including locating wanted and vulnerable persons.''

Ch Insp Jason Shears said: "Jet was a determined and focused 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."

The suspects believed to be involved in the burglary currently remain at large, with police continuing their enquiries.

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