Hillsboro police dog euthanized after car crash
Hillsboro Police are in mourning, after a car crash resulted in the death of one of the department's police dogs.
Billy, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed on Monday night after the patrol car he was in crashed, police said.
According to Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Lt. Henry Reimann, Billy and his handler, Officer Cory Zaugg, were traveling in a patrol car westbound along Tualatin Valley Highway at about 10:38 p.m., Dec. 4. As the vehicle reached Century Boulevard, a vehicle traveling east made a left turn onto Century Boulevard on a yellow traffic signal, crashing into the police car.
Zaugg received minor injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital, but Reimann said Billy suffered massive trauma. He was taken to a nearby emergency vet. The deceision was made to euthanize the dog because of his injuries.
The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team is handling the investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.
Reimann said that no citations have been issued. The case remains under investigation.
Billy has served with the Hillsboro Police Department for two years. The dog was purchased from a breeder in the Netherlands by the city and the Portland Police Bureau.
The dog was one of two Hillsboro Police K-9's this year to be awarded a bullet-proof vest from a New England nonprofit group, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
The vest is expected to arrive before the end of the year, Reimann told the Tribune in October.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.