Penn Hills Police police dog gone but not forgotten
Penn Hills police have announced the death of its police dog.
Penn Hills police announced via Facebook the passing of Riggs, a 12-year-old Dutch shepherd from Holland.
Riggs served with Officer Ryan Walters since 2009.
The department said Riggs was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer, and Walters made the call to end his suffering Thursday afternoon.
“Riggs loved coming to work and riding along with his partner to fight crime every day,” the post read. “We are grateful for all the years he spent with us at the PHPD and will miss his energetic personality. Rest in peace Riggs. Thank you for all the wonderful years you gave us.”
About 100 people expressed sorrow on the social media post as of Friday evening, with many sending condolences to Walters.
Calls to the Penn Hills police station were not returned.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .