K9 Tanja

K9 Tanja

Walker County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, June 13, 2014

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K9 Tanja was shot and killed, and her handler wounded, after responding to a home in the 300 block of Moon Lake Road to search for a rape suspect.

The subject opened fire inside the home, killing Tanja and wounding her handler in the neck, before being taken into custody.

Tanja had only served with the Walker County Sheriff's Office for eight weeks.


  • Breed Dutch Shepherd
  • Gender Female
  • Age 2
  • Tour 2 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Saying the "holding accountable within criminal law" of a person who kills
a police dog as 'wacky' by a Georgia "Professor" tells me he is totally
uneducated to be a professor. It is a given that a human officer is of
infinite more value than a dog - reasonable people know that - but it is
not what is different that matters for a police dog killer to be held
accountable. What matters is what is the same - their status as a law
enforcement officer and the violence perpetrated against them.
The criminal would do to the officer/deputy/trooper what he did to the dog if he had the
opportunity and the dog did not stop him by sacrificing his own life to
save the handler/officer. They are partners together in the war on crime.
These dogs deserve protection in the law for serving for our freedom and
safety. The Georgia professor who said it is 'wacky' to do this is no
professor I would want teaching my grandchildren anything. Look in the
mirror Mr. 'Professor' - you seem to be the 'wacky' one there looking back
at you.
Rest and Play in peace K9 Tanja Walker Cunty Sheriffs Office Your life truly mattered. For a brief time you served; yet you gave youe all in saving the lives of your handler and other deputies. Now angels are singing for you. May your name be forever immortal as we give you our Honor and Memory. [email protected]

Barbara Snow Exec Dir

March 26, 2015

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