Police dog Buzzy dies suddenly; 'An invaluable asset'.
Byline: Elaine Thompson
SHREWSBURY -- The Police Department's K-9 dog, "Buzzy,'' died unexpectedly Dec. 27. The 9-year-old German shepherd died in his sleep, likely from natural causes, Lt. James J. Lonchiadis said.
The town spent $4,850 to purchase the German-born dog when he was 13-months old. Soon after his arrival, Buzzy and his partner, Officer Chad Chysna, attended the Boston Police Department K-9 Academy for patrol, and then the Worcester Police K-9 Academy for narcotics training.
They were also nationally certified through the U.S. Police K-9 Association. Throughout their career Officer Chysna and his partner Buzzy received numerous commendations and awards.
Buzzy was involved in hundreds of cases, including sniffing out lost children and missing elderly, illegal drugs, and tracking suspects.
Lt. Lonchiadis said the department will likely purchase another K-9 dog.
"They're expensive. But, for what you get for the price, you can't compare,'' the lieutenant said. "He was an invaluable asset ... such a useful tool. We didn't have to pay him much. He always came to work and he always wanted to work.''
Lt. Lonchiadis said since Buzzy was born in Germany, most of the commands given to him were in German. That was beneficial because most people the police came in contact with did not speak German, he said.