K9 Cello Van Wachthaus

K9 Cello Van Wachthaus

Delray Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 26, 1984

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Cello Van Wachthaus

K9 Cello died from injuries sustained while attempting to apprehend one of two subjects who had just stolen automobile parts from the Hoyle Cadillac dealership at 2300 South Federal Highway.

One of the men had climbed atop a tractor-trailer while fleeing from pursuing officer. K9 Cello injured his abdomen as he attempted to jump onto the truck. His handler took him to an animal hospital the following day where he died while undergoing an operation.

K9 Cello had served with the Delray Beach Police Department for three years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 25, 1984

k9 apprehension, larceny

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I am sure you are in a better place along side my K9 partner keeping guard and looking for that next treat or snack. Job well done.

Former NJ K9 Patrol Officer
Former NJ K9 Patrol Officer

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