UPDATE: To read the veterinarian’s report issued by the humane society about Felony, click here.
HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Howard Lake Police Department was deeply saddened to discover that its K-9 officer, Felony, was euthanized at an animal humane society recently, according to discussion during the city’s council meeting Tuesday.
“Yesterday (Nov. 16),” Howard Lake Police Chief Tracy Vetruba said, “we discovered that, through a series of mishaps, Felony was taken to the animal humane society. After failing to identify an owner, the animal humane society performed a number of tests to determine his eligibility for adoption. Felony failed to qualify as a family friendly pet and was therefore euthanized.”
Vetruba also said that more details will be released at a later date.
“The Howard Lake Police Department is deeply saddened with this loss,” he added.
Felony has been with the department since 2002, and has been very visible in the community. He worked the night shift with the night officers, yet routinely searched school campuses and performed for public demonstrations during daytime hours, as well. Felony was often quoted as, “The hardest working officer in Howard Lake,” by the previous police chief during narcotics demonstrations throughout the community.