It is with great humility and sadness that the Lexington Police Department announces the sudden passing of retired police K9 Ory on May 19, 2019.
K9 Ory was a member of the Lexington Police Canine Unit for approximately five years before being medically retired in 2016. He was a United States Police Canine Association certified narcotics detection and patrol canine and served the city of Lexington selflessly during his tenure as a member of the Canine Unit. Partnered with Officer Patrick Murray, Ory took part in public demonstrations too numerous to count, building searches, tracks for missing persons, as well as tracking for violent criminal suspects when needed. K9 Ory removed illegal drugs from Lexington’s streets daily while assisting the Bureau of Patrol as well as the Special Investigations Section Narcotics Unit. When Ory retired, he went to live with the Murray family.
When Officer Murray returned home Sunday, he called to Ory and noticed the dog was acting strange. Ory collapsed and was rushed to the veterinarian for emergency care. Doctors worked tirelessly to make a diagnosis and ultimately removed Ory’s spleen due to internal bleeding. Unfortunately, retired police K9 Ory was unable to make it out of surgery and succumbed to his internal injury as soon as the procedure was over.
K9 Ory was 8 years old and was very loved by his family. The Lexington Police Canine Unit officers and their K9 partners send condolences to the Murray family and shares in the loss of Ory. Times like these are reminders to K9 officers about the special bond we have with dogs. As handlers, police dogs have become a huge part of our lives and we will never take for granted the faithfulness and courage that our canine partners give to us.
The gift of undying trust, loyalty, and bravery in the darkest of nights, and the brightest of days, is what makes a dog chosen for public service so special. Not all of our heroes walk on two legs.