K9 Grunt

K9 Grunt

Refugio County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 1, 2018


K9 Grunt and K9 Nell were strangled to death by a suspect they were tracking while assisting the Aransas County Sheriff's Office and other state and federal agencies.

Officers in Aransas County had been involved in a pursuit in which 16 illegal aliens bailed out of a vehicle and fled into the brush along Route 35 north of Holiday Beach, Texas. Members of the Aransas County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and United States Border Patrol were searching for the suspects and requested assistance from Refugio County's tracking team.

Nell and Grunt, who were trained to track critically missing persons with dementia, were let off leash as deputies followed them on horseback. The non-aggressive dogs tracked one subject into some brush but did not come out. As deputies called for the man to surrender he taunted them in Spanish. Deputies entered the brush and took him into custody. The bodies of Nell and Grunt were found with their tracking collars twisted tightly around their necks.

Both dogs were a mix of black and tan coonhound, bluetick coonhound, and redtick coonhound.


  • Breed Bluetick Coonhound mix
  • Gender Female
  • Age 8
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Arrested

illegal alien, k9 track


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Raul Gonzales
Refugio County Sheriff's Office
808 Commerce Street
PO Box 1022
Refugio, TX 78377

Phone: (361) 526-2351

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Disgusting display of barbarism. How sad that murdering a dog does not get you real prison time.

Grunt, Nell. I thank you for your service and know you'll be waiting for your beloved handlers at the Rainbow Bridge.

God Bless both these GOOD DOGS!

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 14, 2018

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