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Wethersfield Police K9 dies after suffering injuries in line of duty

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Wethersfield police Officer K9 Thor died this week. (Wethersfield Police Department) Wethersfield police Officer K9 Thor died this week. (Wethersfield Police Department)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Wethersfield Police Department is mourning the death of its K9 after the officer was injured during a chase this week.

K9 Officer Thor died on Tuesday night.

"He had eight significant finds that's finding suspects, evidence or whatever," Wethersfield Police Chief James Cetran said. 

Cetran said the loss of Thor has been tough on his fellow officers. 

"He was well liked. He was a good dog," Cetran said. "He did what he was supposed to do and did it well."

Police said Thor was with his handler Officer Nuno Martins and other officers in a chase on Monday night.  They were looking for a man who had reportedly kidnapped a young woman.  

During the search was in these woods off Middletown Avenue, they realized Thor was missing. Several departments joined in the search.

"A state trooper found the dog lying there," Cetran said. "He had been injured at this point we don't know how."

Wethersfield has two canines. They both went through weeks of grueling training and people in the community have become fond of them.

Police are "making formal arrangements to honor our fallen brother." The department will post that information on its Facebook page

There has been a huge outpouring of support. There have been more than 30,000 views on the police department's facebook page and more than 200 comments. 

Debbie Viola dropped off a fruit basket at the Wethersfield Police Department on Wednesday. She and members of Saint Paul's Church raised $1,700 for the police dogs. 

"Officer Martins and Thor came to visit us. He spoke to a lot of the children, gave them his daily commands," Viola said. "We were so deeply saddended to hear about this."

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