Former Police Dog Shot During Burglary Dies

Veterinarians euthanized Drake on Friday after determining that a bullet nicked the 5-year-old German shepherd's esophagus

Saturday, Nov 24, 2012  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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A former police dog has died five days after being shot while protecting his owner's West Palm Beach home.

Veterinarians euthanized Drake on Friday after determining that a bullet nicked the 5-year-old German shepherd's esophagus, making it difficult for him to eat and drink, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

They had already performed surgery on his legs and head. Drake was owned by Florida Highway Patrolman Bobby Boody.

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"We are sorry to report that unfortunately Drake was euthanized this evening," read a statement Friday night from Simmons Veterinary Hospital, where Drake had received medical treatment. "Further testing completed at University of Florida today, found irreparable damage to an artery from one of the bullets."

The hospital said, "Simmons Veterinary Hospital and Trooper Boody appreciate the volume of caring, concern and support from everyone following this story."

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A 16-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the Sunday burglary. He allegedly told investigators that he and two friends targeted Boody because they thought they would find guns and money in the trooper's house.

The teen allegedly confessed to shooting Drake. He is charged with felony burglary with a firearm and cruelty to animals, officials said. The two friends are being sought.

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