Just what killed a Chehalis police dog last month remains unknown.
The dog, Reign, suffered an unknown medical condition during a routine training exercise June 27 and died almost immediately.
His body was sent to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Washington State University to learn the cause of death. Findings sent to the police department this week determined “a cause for the reported acute death remains uncertain.”
Reign, a Belgian Malinois, started with the Chehalis Police Department in 2013 when he was 1 year old. The department credits him with multiple suspect apprehensions, successful evidence searches, and alerting officers to “impressive quantities of narcotics.”
“Reign was an important member of our law enforcement family and will be dearly missed,” according to a statement on the department’s Facebook page.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at W.F. West High School, 342 SW 16th St. in Chehalis.