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Messages of sympathy pour in regarding Oklahoma City police dog's death

The Oklahoma City Police Department has received an outpouring of support in the wake of the death of Kye, the K-9 who was stabbed while helping with a police pursuit Sunday night. Services for Kye were held Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Road.
by Darla Slipke Modified: August 28, 2014 at 11:13 am •  Published: August 27, 2014

People from all over the world have been touched by the death of Kye, an Oklahoma City police dog who died Monday as a result of injuries he suffered while being stabbed in the line of duty.

The Oklahoma City Police Department has received an outpouring of support in the wake of Kye’s death, officers said. People from other states and even other countries have offered their sympathies, and a post on the police department’s Facebook page announcing Kye’s death had reached more than 4 million people as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.

A woman from Belgium sent photos of Kye when he was a puppy, which the police department posted on Facebook. Another woman sent a photo of Kye posing with her young son.

“We greatly appreciate all of the support and well wishes from around the world in this time of loss,” Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson wrote in an email. “We apologize that we are simply unable to respond to everyone. Messages are being forwarded to the OCPD K-9 Unit.”

Kye, a 3-year-old German shepherd, died Monday after being stabbed multiple times Sunday night by a man who led authorities on a pursuit that ended near the Goldsby exit on Interstate 35, police said. The man, Mark Salazar, 22, of Blue Mound, Texas, was fatally shot by Kye’s handler, K-9 Sgt. Ryan Stark, police said.

Stark has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of standard criminal and administrative investigations by the police department.

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by Darla Slipke
Breaking News Reporter
Darla Slipke is a breaking news reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous...
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