HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) – Veterinarians had to euthanize a police canine named “Billy” after the patrol vehicle the dog was riding in was involved in a serious crash Monday night.
Lt. Henry Reimann said the crash was reported around 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Century Boulevard.
Officer Cory Zaugg was taken to the hospital and the injured dog to a nearby emergency vet.
According to police, Officer Zaugg was traveling westbound on Tualatin Valley Highway approaching the intersection with Century Boulevard. A vehicle traveling eastbound made a left turn on a yellow light onto Century Boulevard, striking the patrol vehicle.
Reimann confirmed the decision was made late Monday to euthanize the dog because of its injuries.
According to the Hillsboro Police Department’s website, the agency has six canine units.
“Before hitting the road, each canine and handler must complete, at minimum, 10 weeks of basic training and meet the Oregon Police Canine Association Standards,” the Hillsboro Police website states. “In addition, each team trains weekly to maintain their skills.”
Reimann said the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene and is currently in the preliminary stages of its investigation. The HPD officer was taken to the hospital but has since been released.
Police said it does not appear the officer was responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash.
The driver of the other vehicle remained on the scene. No citations have been issued at this point. This case is still under investigation.