Chris McKinnon, News 9 & Xin Xin Liu, News9.com
MOORE, Oklahoma -- The Moore Police Department is investigating the death of one of its police dogs Saturday.
According to the police department, between 10 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday, someone entered K-9 Officer Sgt. Kerri Andrews' yard, and removed the lock on the security pen where K-9 dog "Bak" was kept.
Police said Bak was either released into the neighborhood or taken, and was found dead Saturday night at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road.
An officer spotted Bak's body near the highway on his way back from the Cleveland County jail. Now investigators are trying to piece together what happened.
"We don't know if he was just released from the pen, and he wandered off, or if somebody actually removed him from the pen," Lt. Ted Belling said.
Police said attacks on K-9 units like Bak are all too common because of their role in taking down criminals.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people have resentment to the K-9's and it is not unusual for something like this to happen or for K-9's to be injured by people or poisoned by them," Lt. Belling said.
Still, it's a sad time for the Moore Police Department. Bak was considered one of their own.
"They become part of our family. It's sad when something like this happens," Belling said.
And Bak's loss will impact the force.
"Any dog, it's a useful tool for any police department and we're always grateful to have them out on the street, because they do make the job of the police officers a lot easier," said Belling. "It's always sad whenever you have a loss like this. It will also lessen our effectiveness."
If you have any information about the release or removal, and the death of Bak, contact the Moore Police Department at (405)-793-5171.