TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Sad news for the law enforcement community of Terre Haute. A well-known K9 officer passed away. This comes five years after his handler was shot and killed.
Raised to protect and serve, as part of the Terre Haute Police Department for 8 years, Shadow had a special place in the hearts of many. “He’s Brent in a way. When you think of Shadow, you think of Brent. They were always together. That was his partner,” said Chief John Plasse.
Shadow and his handler, Officer Brent Long, were in-separable. This year marked five years since Long was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was attempting to serve a felony warrant at the time. Shadow took a bullet but survived the incident.
“That kind of helped with the loss of Brent. We still had something here. Brent was gone, but we still had Shadow. We had a part of him,” said Plasse.
Shadow underwent multiple surgeries. The injuries forced him into early retirement, but not before the loyal K9 was celebrated during a community homecoming. “It was nice just to see him, to pet him, and to let him know that he’s ok again and with someone who loves him,” said Plasse.
Old age and health complications set in. Shadow suffered from uncontrollable seizures. On Friday he was put to rest at the age of ten.
“It was decided that it was best to put him to sleep. His quality of life wasn’t there, and we didn’t want him to suffer any more than he already had,” explained Plasse.
From the moment Shadow was sworn in, back in 2008, he displayed dedication and bravery. Qualities that will certainly be missed. “For selfish reasons, you want to keep him here, but that makes me happy, knowing that they are together again. He’s not here, but he’s with Brent and that’s where he should be,” said Plasse.
Chief Plasse said a memorial service is being planned to honor the K9 officer. News 10 will keep you updated on further details as we receive them.