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Hero Down: St. Mary's County K9 Brock Dies After Training Injury

A St. Mary's County Sheriff's K9 was badly injured.

​Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO) K9 Brock died on Jan. 18, after he sustained a severe injury while serving alongside his partner, Corporal William Rishel.

K9 Brock, a 4-year-old German shepherd, was training with recruits at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy when his injury occurred, the SMCSO said in an online statement.

He and Cpl. Rishel were navigating a metal staircase during an exercise, when K9 Brock’s leg slipped through a grate, causing a severe injury, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

K9 Brock was rushed for emergency medical care, and veterinary staff concluded that he would be unable to recover from his injury.

After consulting with medical personnel, the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize K9 Brock.

K9 Brock, a three-year veteran of the SMCSO, was cross-trained in patrol functions and narcotics detection.

During his time with the SMCSO, K9 Brock participated in numerous demonstrations and investigations. He also assisted in educational programs and career day events for multiple schools in his jurisdiction.

K9 Brock resided with his partner and handler, Cpl. Rishel, during his entire service with the department.

“Sheriff K-9 Brock was a beloved member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the K-9 Unit and the Rishel family at this time,” the SMCSO said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the SMCSO and Cpl. Rishel in the loss of K9 Brock.

K-9 Brock Rest In Piece Booooy

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He had a leg injury and had to be euthanized? Doesn't make sense. Couldn't he just have his leg amputated? I have seen lots of dogs with three legs lead happy lives.

Awesome pic, John.

So very, very sad that the decision was made to euthanize him due to a leg injury! I'd think that a family could have been found who would have welcomed him as a pet--a highly trained pet, but a pet just the same. So hard for his partner & his family.

I am guessing they did not want the liability if it were to bite someone due to its training.

Probably so. That's sad though, put down due to a leg injury.

I just want to say that all men,women and dogs in BLUE, do matter to me!!! Your life does matter!!!!!!!Thankyou so much for your kindness, your thoughtfulness and for keeping all of us, safe!!! We love you!!! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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