Private farewell for star police dog Gazza

Gazza was shot last Friday morning by Pita Tekira who was on the run after ditching his electronic monitoring bracelet. Photo / Supplied
Gazza was shot last Friday morning by Pita Tekira who was on the run after ditching his electronic monitoring bracelet. Photo / Supplied

A private farewell will be held for the slain police dog Gazza, killed in an armed siege in Porirua last week.

Gazza was shot last Friday morning by Pita Tekira who was on the run after ditching his electronic monitoring bracelet.

National coordinator of police dogs inspector Todd Southall said a plaque bearing Gazza's name and his service details would be placed on a memorial wall at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham, alongside other police dogs who have been killed on duty.

Four-year-old Gazza became an operational police patrol dog in late 2013.

Gazza and his handler Constable Josh Robertson had been a very effective team for the Wellington Police District since then, Mr Southall said. Gazza recently became an uncle as sister Gypsy gave birth to 11 puppies.

One will become a police dog.

His other sister Gabby is a patrol dog in Hamilton and his aunt Hades is a patrol dog in Wellington.

The date for the private farewell is yet to be confirmed, a police spokeswoman said.

- NZ Herald

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