Alameda County Sheriff K9 Lyka, 6, died February 21st of a major spinal injury during a demonstration. Lyka and her handler, Deputy M. Bennett, we’re putting on a K9 demonstration for hundreds of people in Fremont when K9 Lyka suffered the injury.
Doctors informed Deputy Bennett that if K9 Lyka were to survive this horrible injury, she would live the rest of her life in pain and discomfort. Deputy Bennett made the very difficult decision to ease K9 Lyka’s pain and put her to rest. Members of the K9 Unit were by Lyka’s side to say their goodbyes and to show support to Deputy Bennett.
Deputy Bennett and K9 Lyka have been partners for 6 years. K9 Lyka apprehended 37 suspects during her time as a police service dog. Sheriff’s Deputies knew if K9 Lyka was on scene, she was going to find the bad guy. She put her life on the line everyday to protect fellow Deputies and the citizens she served.