On Christmas Day, December 25th, Pasadena Police Officers responded to reports of a burglary in progress at the local 99 Cents Only Store in east Pasadena. Upon arrival, officers discovered an individual inside the store and initiated a series of announcements to flush out the suspect.
By News Desk
Officer Goetz, accompanied by his K-9 companion, Rex, joined the scene to provide assistance. With Rex leading the way, officers entered the building. The situation quickly escalated. Amidst the chaos, Rex sustained a cut on the left side of his snout.
Recognizing Rex’s injury, Officer Goetz promptly evacuated him from the building, administering first aid. Subsequently, Rex received immediate care at an emergency veterinarian, where it was revealed that the suspect had inflicted a 2-inch laceration on Rex.
The suspect was charged with assaulting a police animal in addition to burglary charges.
In a post on Social Media, Pasadena Police stated that “Rex’s unwavering dedication played a pivotal role in ensuring officer safety, as his timely alerts enabled the apprehension of the suspect without further incident. Rex not only shielded his human partners from harm but also facilitated the suspect’s capture unharmed.”
Rex is two years old and has been Officer Goetz’ partner since February 2022. “To Rex, our sincere gratitude! You exemplify true heroism!” the statement concluded.
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