Kansas City police dog Soty dies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A decorated Kansas City police dog has died.

Soty, a 13-year-old Czechoslovakian Shepherd joined the Kansas City Police Department back in 2002.

He assisted in 82 arrests during his time with the department, including one were Soty was bitten by a man while he tried to protect his handler Officer David Magruder. That man was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, according to Chief Darryl Forte’s KCPD Chief’s Blog.

In 2007, Soty and Magruder won the National Police Dog Association’s Bomb Dog Competition, making them the best canine bomb team in the nation. And in 2008, the German Shepherd Club of Greater Kansas City honored them as the ‘K-9 Team of the Year.’

Soty eventually retired from the department in May 2009.

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