K9 Cara

K9 Cara

Staunton Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, December 21, 2020

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K9 Cara died after falling from a bridge while assisting the Skyline Drug Task Force by conducting an article search along Old White Bridge Road in Augusta County.

Members of the Staunton Police Department and Augusta County Sheriff's Office were conducting an investigation at the Walmart. They observed a wanted subject unrelated to the investigation sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot. As officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, the woman driving it accelerated, striking two officers and leading deputies and Virginia State Police troopers on a 17-mile pursuit. The driver of the vehicle and the wanted subject were both taken into custody.

K9 Cara was requested to search for a gun that officers believed had been thrown from the vehicle. As K9 Cara searched for the gun she fell from a bridge to the ground approximately 50 feet below. She suffered a broken back because of the fall. It was determined the best course of action was to euthanize her humanely.

A handgun and narcotics were later recovered.

K9 Cara had served with the Staunton City Sheriff's Office for two years and was a certified explosives-detection dog.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Female
  • Age 3
  • Tour 2 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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Not all heroes have two legs, some have four legs and a tail. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace K9 Cara.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

January 19, 2021

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