UPDATE: Moncton police dog Danny to continue service after death of officer
A dog who worked alongside one of the three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B. last week said one final goodbye to his master at a regimental funeral on Tuesday.
Danny, a German Shepherd, worked with Const. Dave Ross, who was a police Dog Services handler.
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Ross’ family says it was his love of the outdoors, tracking and hunting that led him into police work, and that he “took a lot of pride” working with his canine partner.
Danny was seen outside the arena earlier sniffing Ross’ Stetson during the funeral procession.
Global News reporter Natasha Pace tweeted that Danny was heard “whining” as Ross’ casket was carried into the funeral service.
Ross’ brother-in-law, Adrian Vander Ploeg, recalled how the RCMP officer was in the midst of making dinner but dropped everything, including leaving the barbecue lid up and the garage door open, to be one of the first to respond to a report of a gunman last Wednesday evening.
“For those closest to Dave, that barbecue left still open says everything about who Dave was and his devotion to those around him,” Vander Ploeg said.
Ross’s obituary says the 32-year-old dog handler died doing what he loved. He is survived by his wife Rachael and son Austin, with another child expected in the fall.
Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton is facing three charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the fatal shooting. He is scheduled to be in provincial court July 3.
-With files from The Canadian Press
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