Wethersfield police canine dies from injuries sustained chasing kidnapping suspect

Whethersfield Police Canine Officer Thor (Photo: Facebook/WethersfieldPolice)
Whethersfield Police Canine Officer Thor (Photo: Facebook/WethersfieldPolice)

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police released new details regarding the death of a Wethersfield police canine who died after chasing a kidnapping suspect Monday.

Police say it happened when officers were called to a motel on Silas Deane highway in response to a reported kidnapping of a woman out of Hartford. The report stated that the woman was being held against her will, so when officers arrived at the motel, the suspect fled on foot. Since the suspect was reportedly armed, police say per protocol they released their canine, Thor, who ran after the suspect once he was spotted.

Police say shortly after they lost sight of Thor and the suspect, before a resident called to report that they saw the suspect in their backyard. The suspect was arrested, but Thor was still missing.

Related: Wethersfield Police Canine dies of injuries from chase

Officers then spanned out and began searching for Thor, before he was located by troopers badly injured and bleeding from cuts from the forest branches and brambles. Thor was immediately taken to the Middletown Animal Hospital where he was diagnosed with bad cuts, abrasions and internal bleeding.

Despite the fact that Thor underwent blood transfusions and appeared to be on the mend, Thor collapsed on Tuesday night and died from a blood clot caused by his injuries. The police department is now mourning the loss of Thor who they say “had been taking a bite out of crime in Wethersfield for two years.”

Whethersfield Police Canine Officer Thor with Officer Martins (Photo: Facebook/WethersfieldPolice)
Whethersfield Police Canine Officer Thor with Officer Martins (Photo: Facebook/WethersfieldPolice)

WPD Police Chief James Cetran said “Thor was an exemplary police dog who had made eight significant finds for the department. One of his captures was last year when Thor actually captured two burglars after a really long track. The suspects had broken into a clothing store on the Berlin Turnpike. It was such a phenomenal apprehension. He was an excellent K-9 and an excellent team member and this is really hard for us. It is horrific.”

WPD Sgt. Jennie Rivera, Canine Unit Supervisor adds: “Our deepest condolences remain with Officer Nuno Martins and his family during this difficult time, just as K9 Thor’s courage in deeds will remain in our hearts.”

The Chief said they will have honor services for Thor but details have not been released at this time.

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