MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee Police lost a member of their force over the weekend.
Lt. William Peters went out on duty Feb. 3 with his K9 partner, Indie.
The pair worked together for four years.
Indie joined the force after serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq as a combat tracker. In addition to helping with apprehensions, arrests and drug seizures, Indie also served on the Special Operations team.
While working Saturday night, Indie began having trouble breathing and standing.
Peters and another handler rushed to an emergency veterinarian in Tulsa, but blocks from the clinic, their car had mechanical issues.
Peters carried Indie to the clinic, where they discovered a twisted stomach, intestine issue.
Because of Indie's age, the vet did not think surgery would be successful.
Indie died just after midnight. The dog was 11 years old.
While he worked with the Muskogee Police Department, Indie lived at Peters' home with his daughter.
Officers said Indie was a huge asset to their team, and his death is a huge loss for the department.
Muskogee Police said "His family at home and his family here will miss Indie and everything he did for all of us."
He will be cremated and returned to Muskogee later this week.
Police will soon begin searching for a new K9 officer.
They currently have two K9 officers on the force. They laid two other retired K9s to rest in the past year.
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