Died – 6/12/17
Handler – Patrol Deputy Chris Shope
Missing Bradley SO K-9 found dead after being struck by train
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office announced that their missing K9 Lucy that went missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead Monday morning. Lucy was reported missing in Charleston, TN on Case street. Police say caretakers went to the kennel where they found Lucy’s kennel was empty. Police say the kennel is surrounded by a privacy fence. Lucy’s” services to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is immeasurable, and she should be commended for her public service to the Cleveland / Bradley County community. Lucy, a Belgium Malinois, was found in McMinn County, TN along a railroad track, where it appears she was fatally struck by a train. Lucy was presented “Top Dog” during U.S.P.C.A.’s (United States Police Canine Association, Inc.) certifications in 2016. She was known within the agency for her speed and was given the nickname of “Pocket Rocket” by personnel at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Eric Watson issued a statement Monday, saying:
“Our agency is saddened by the tragic death of K-9 Deputy Lucy. She was a great asset to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, and served this agency well beside her assigned K-9 handler. Our female canine deputy will be buried with full honors, and Faithful Friends has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. I petition the community to pray for Lucy’s K-9 handler, Deputy Chris Shope, during this time who treasured Lucy tremendously.” The animal was found about 10:19am Monday. Her handler was notified.