Havoc, Utah County K9 hit by car, honored at memorial service

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UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Utah County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial service for one of its K9 struck and killed by a car.

Havoc, the 7-year-old K9, was hit by a car in Vineyard on July 16 after his handler stopped along the shore of Utah Lake near Vineyard Beach, to let his K9 Havoc, take a break.

Havoc unexpectedly ran west toward Vineyard Road and the shore area of Utah Lake and Vineyard Beach.

The handler called to Havoc but he did not respond and ran into the road. One motorist was able to avoid Havoc, but the second vehicle hit him. Havoc then ran back to his handler in the parking lot.

Havoc was taken to a Veterinarian’s office where the Doctor examined him and found no broken bones, and started an IV.

At about 10:30 a.m. while still sitting at the Vet’s office, the handler said Havoc looked at him, laid his head in his lap, and died. 

Havoc was a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois who began working at the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2013. He worked four years with his first handler and has been with his current handler since July of 2017.

Havoc has received many awards at various K9 trials, including his last award of 3rd place in Vehicle Narcotics search at the Las Vegas Metro Police K9 Trials last October in Las Vegas, Nevada. Havoc was the only dual-purpose dog to place in this event. “Dual-purpose” simply means Havoc was certified in both narcotics detection and patrol, according to officials.

Havoc has made hundreds of “finds” involving narcotics, including two searches where one had 10 pounds of heroin and the other had more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine. Officials say he was also involved in numerous criminal apprehensions.

His handler said Havoc showed determination and never wanted to stop working. When he was away from the job Havoc loved being active, whether it was chasing a ball, chewing on a toy, or playing with his handler’s family.

“Whatever Havoc did, he was all heart. And he will be missed.”


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