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Hero Down: Houston PD K9 Rony Dies After Pursuit

A Houston Police Department K9 was injured while pursuing a suspect through the woods.

Houston, TX – Houston Police Department K9 Rony died in the line of duty on Wednesday, after he shattered his elbow while pursuing a suspect, police said.

Despite the multiple breaks in his leg, K9 Rony, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, tried to continue the pursuit, Dr. Laura Ron told KTRK.

“Thanks to Rony and his last act, we flushed [the suspect] out,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a Wednesday press conference. “This dog is probably our best dog.”

The fatal encounter began at approximately 1:00 a.m., when officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle, Chief Acevedo said.

A vehicle pursuit ensued, and the suspect threw what police believed were drugs or a gun out of the window of his vehicle.

The suspect also slammed his vehicle into a patrol car, the chief said.

The man ultimately fled from the stolen vehicle on foot, and K9 Rony pursued him into a heavily wooded area, where Chief Acevedo said the K9 became hung-up on a log or wooden object.

"Essentially, what happened was, his elbow shattered so there were breaks in multiple different places," Dr. Ron explained. “Even though his right arm wasn't even working, he was still trying to get himself back up to try to go chase the suspect again.”

K9 Rony also had arthritis in his other three legs from previous injuries, she said. The vet and the officers agreed that the most humane option was euthanization.

"Amputating his leg would not be fair because that puts a lot more weight on his remaining legs that would make them fail, and they're already on a lot of medications so even though it was the most horrendous of options, it was the most fair for the dog," said Dr. Ron.

"As you can imagine the handler is very attached to this dog,” Chief Acevedo said. “It was tough to watch him say goodbye to his canine partner, but the dog went out the way, as he said, ‘the way he'd want to go out,’ which is capturing a suspect.”

During his seven-year career with the HPD, K9 Rony made 250 captures, and was primarily on nightly K9 patrol, KPRC reported.

He also worked on explosive detection.

According to KPRC, his handler once noted that K9 Rony was all about business on the job, but that he liked to lie in the sun and go swimming when he was off duty.

The HPD will hold a memorial for K9 Rony early next week, KTRK reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houston Police Department in the loss of K9 Rony.

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Rest In Peace Officer K-9 Rony. You did job with excellence and your dept proud.
May your family and your partner in blue know you will be watching over them, waiting for the day you'll see them once again.

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Rest easy Rony. Thank you for all of your hard work. You will always be a hero. Your life mattered RONY!! 🙏🏼💙🐾💯

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Prayers to blood and blue. Rony thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace Officer K-9 Rony. You served your community well, sending thoughts and prayers to your brothers & sisters in Blue who will miss you.

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Rest in peace Officer Rony <3 Thank you for a job well done :'(

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So sad to hear about your dog. I have 4 dogs and their my children.

Aww bless him. And not to judge here, but with all his previous injuries and arthritis, why wasn't Rony retired?

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Run and play over the Rainbow Bridge Rony, you deserve peace....

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Rest in Peace Officer K9 Rony ! Blue Lives Matter, whether or not you are K9 or Human!! You have Served Out Your Department & the people of Houston, you're Handler & Our Great USA !! I'm from Tenn. but I respect you & ALL OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS, WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR EVERYONE !!
.BLUE LIVES DO MATTER !! I'm sure sorry for your loss....😥😥

Much respect for this officer K9 Rony.. bet he pass doing what he loved..

So sad...

Poor Furbaby...I always say the hardest part of owning a dog is when they pass away....Have fun crossing that Rainbow Bridge my friend!

Rest in peace K9 Rony. End of watch. Job well done. :(

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Rest in peace Officer. Great job!!!! Rest now they have it handled. We thank you for keeping us safe.

Rest In Peace K9 Rony...you crossed the rainbow...you did a great job that night and even injured tried with all you had in you to continue to pursue...you are a true HERO..you will be missed...❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Sad. Should have been retired prior to this happening. Dogs with arthritis in any area have a tough time. In multiple legs & they still had him working like that? SMH Needless death.

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