Caledonia, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Houston County Sheriff’s Department has lost its K9 officer.

A Facebook posting by the Sheriff’s Office says the specially trained law enforcement dog named Ray died yesterday after being struck by a vehicle. Details about the incident have not been released and it’s not known if it occurred in the line of duty.

Ray recently joined the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to replace longtime K9 Officer Chance, who has been retired from law enforcement duties.

The Sheriff’s Office Facebook post says Ray was assigned to Lieutenant Trace Erickson and the two made a great team. It also stated, “We appreciate his service. K-9 Ray... rest in peace. You will be sadly missed.”

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