Slain Port Authority Police Dog To Get AKC Courage Award

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Port Authority Police dog that was stabbed to death in January trying to take down a suspect is being honored by the American Kennel Club.

The New York-based organization announced German shepherd Aren is among the second round of winners of the “AKC Paw of Courage” medal.

Five-year-old Aren worked with the Port Authority of Allegheny County and was stabbed to death near the East Busway in Wilkinsburg when he reached a suspect in a foot pursuit before officers.

Aren had four years on the transit police force, and is among five K-9s being honored this week by the organization.

He was trained in patrol tactics, detecting explosives and SWAT K-9 operations.

After his death, a processional and memorial service were held on the North Shore, at the foot of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Hundreds, including community members, police officers and their K-9 companions, were in attendance.

Kennel Club Vice President Gina DiNardo says the dogs honored “continuously put their lives on the line without hesitation” and each “has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty to protect us.”

The first round of medals was awarded in May.

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