(Watch Above: The Purina Animal Hall of Fame inductee Quanto)
EDMONTON – Fallen Edmonton Police Service dog Quanto has been inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame for his service and bravery.
Quanto died on duty after being stabbed in an altercation with a suspect who was trying to get away from police in October 2013.
Paul Vukmanich was sentenced to 26 months behind bars. He pleaded guilty to six charges, including cruelty to an animal.
Quanto’s former handler, Constable Matt Williamson, was in Toronto Monday to take part in the 46th Annual Purina Animal Hall of Fame ceremony.
The event will also honour four other animals for their actions to protect humans.
“All of us at the Canine Section are honored by the recognition given to Quanto and Matt. We have had overwhelming support from the community and would like to thank everyone for their caring thoughts and words,” says Staff Sgt. Trevor Hermanutz of the EPS Canine Unit.
The Vice President of Nestle Purina PetCare says the animals inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame highlight the important role animals play in our lives.
“While we received many inspiring stories from across the country, we were profoundly touched by the stories of this year’s inductees, including Police Service Dog Quanto, who gave his life to protect his team and the citizens of Edmonton,” says Susan Molenda.
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