HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department is mourning the unexpected death of K-9 Jada.
K-9 Jada was working Wednesday night with her handler when she had a medical emergency, police said.
Jada was rushed to a veterinary clinic where she passed in the company of her handler Officer Christopher Laver, police said.
Jada was a Belgian Malinois who was just 5 years old. She joined the HPD on July 14, 2016, police said.
Jada became certified on May 11, 2017 in detecting narcotics, missing persons, lost items and weapons.
In November 2019, the Hackettstown Police Department won its first ever K-9 grant from Aftermath Services. Officer Laver and K-9 Jada garnered the fourth-most votes of any law enforcement agency in the country and won a $2,000 grant.
“Please keep Officer Laver and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very tough time. Jada will be deeply missed by all of us here and will never be forgotten,” police said.