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Hillsboro Police K-9 suffers traumatic injuries, euthanized following crash

Hillsboro Police K-9 Billy suffered traumatic injuries when the patrol car he was traveling in was struck by another driver on Dec. 4, 2017. He was euthanized, police said. Photo courtesy Hillsboro Police Department 

HILLSBORO, Ore. – It’s a sad day for the Hillsboro Police Department. Monday night, police K-9 Billy and his handler were involved in a traffic crash. Billy suffered massive trauma and did not survive his injuries.

Tuesday morning, the Hillsboro Police Department issued a statement saying, “It’s with great sadness that we share the loss of Hillsboro Police K9 Billy this morning.”

Police say Billy and his handler, Officer Cory Zaugg, were in a patrol car traveling westbound on Tualatin Valley Highway. As they approached the Century Boulevard intersection, a driver traveling eastbound made a left turn onto Century Boulevard, striking the patrol vehicle.

Zaugg received minor injuries, but Billy’s injuries were so severe that he had to be euthanized.

The Washington County CART is handling the investigation.

Police say the other driver remained on scene. They have not issued any charges, but they say citations are possible as they continue to investigate.

In October, Billy received a protective vest thanks to the non-profit organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

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