Tragic Loss of Police Dog

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Sgt Brandon Smith and Bingo

Service members are mourning the loss of the first canine member killed in the line of duty.

On July 25, police were called to the Dixon & Kipling Rds. area after receiving reports of gunshots.

Bingo was fatally shot while searching for a suspect.

Chief Myron Demkiw said the brave dog’s death was senseless and tragic.

He also expressed condolences to Bingo’s partner, Sergeant Brandon Smith.

“There is a unique bond between a police dog handler and their dog,” said Demkiw. “They work together for many weeks during their training and the dogs become part of officers’ immediate families.”

The Chief said canine members are incredibly important in the Service’s role to deliver community safety.

“They provide an additional resource to our members to help keep communities safe, whether it is tracking a suspect, apprehending violent suspects or tracking and locating evidence, some of which is incredibly dangerous,” he noted. “There are a multitude of reasons we have police dogs and multiple benefits that come from our Police Dog Services Unit.”

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The public is invited to leave their condolences below that will be shared with our Police Dog Services team.

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The procession for Bingo makes its way up Yonge Street Photo: Brent Smyth