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VIDEO: Victoria police mourn service dog who died of a brain tumour

Zender began service in 2018
Zender is pictured off-duty from working for the VicPD. (Screenshot/Victoria Police Department/X)

The Victoria Police Department is mourning the death of one of its service dogs.

Zender recently retired from service due to a brain tumour, but died recently, according to a social media post by the VicPD.

“attempts to extend his life were unfortunately unsuccessful,” read a post.

Zender’s career at VicPD started in 2018 and he was one of the first six teams involved in the formation of the Integrated Canine Service in 2021, say police.

“Known for having a successful career, Zender apprehended a multitude of suspects & located numerous pieces of evidence,” the VicPD said.

The department posted a video about Zender’s life.

“Zender was spoiled until his last day & although always vocal, he was loved for being a teddy bear outside his work. His presence will be sorely missed in the unit & with his family.”

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Chris Campbell

About the Author: Chris Campbell

I joined the Victoria News hub as an editor in 2023, bringing with me over 30 years of experience from community newspapers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
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