Scotts Valley Police Department K9 Atlas, 6, died in the line of duty on Aug. 21st due to complications of smoke inhalation he suffered while responding working in the area of the massive CZU Lightening Complex Fire.
The SVPD announced the Sable Shepherd’s death with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes.
K9 Atlas’ human partner, SVPD Sergeant Brandon Polito, rushed him to an emergency vet, “where they were able to make him comfortable and ease his struggle. However, it was determined that he would be unable to recover. Atlas drifted off to sleep in Sgt. Polito’s arms one last time.
K9 Atlas joined the SVPD in October of 2014, and served alongside Sgt. Polito for 6 years as a patrol and narcotics detection K9 for his entire career.