Police dog found dead after threats

An investigation is underway into whether the death of a "loyal" police dog was connected to threats to kill its handler.

Buzz, a nine-year-old German shepherd, was found dead on Monday morning at the home of the officer in Amble, Northumberland.

Northumbria Police have arrested a 33-year-old man, from Linton, Morpeth, who is being questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill a serving police dog handler and conspiring to cause damage to the dog.

A force spokesman said: "Northumbria Police take very seriously threats made against our own staff in the course of their duties and this remains the priority of the investigation.

"We are carrying out inquiries to find out if the death of Buzz is connected to this investigation.

"Should the cause of death be proven to be suspicious, this is a horrible incident which has led to the death of a dog who had given years of loyal service to the public and Northumbria Police.

"He had also formed a strong and lasting bond with his handler and his handler's family.

"Police dogs live at home with their handlers and they become part of the family."

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