Police dog dies just days after vets fought to save his life during four-hour operation

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A police dog left fighting for his life after becoming seriously ill has passed away.

Four-year-old officer Kyle suffered with a twisted colon and spent four hours in surgery on September 25, as vets fought to save his life.

He returned home on Friday (October 20) and was said to be "happy".

His return home brought an end to a "tense time for all that know and love him" but a tragic turn of events saw him pass away surrounded by his family on Wednesday (October 25) night.

Police dog Kyle

Police dog Kyle

PC Paul Burns, Kyle's handler, said: "Kyle spent his last hours with me, my wife and our three children who he loved dearly.

"He sat by the children while they had a bath and lay with us in the eve. He was the most beautiful, loving and hardworking dog, respected by all.

PD Kyle

"It's not fair that such a natural police dog just coming into his prime, with years more service to come, has suffered this bad luck.

"He had an amazing ability to switch between loving family dog at home with the kids and our pet Shih Tzu, to highly driven police dog at work. We are so proud to have had him in our lives. RIP Kyle."

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Sergeant Andy Downie, of Nottinghamshire Police dog section, added: "I can't put into words how much he will be missed and how widely the loss of Kyle will be felt across the whole section, as well as the public.

"Kyle was such a fantastic police dog and made an outstanding team alongside his handler Paul.

"Our thoughts are with Kyle's family at this tragic time."