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Public service in works to honor Elizabethton police dog killed in incident with boys

John Thompson • Feb 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM

ELIZABETHTON — While the investigation into the violent death of Yoris, a police dog with the Elizabethton Police Department, is continuing, plans are beginning to be made for a public ceremony to honor the dog.

“We don’t have a place or a time yet,” Major Rusty Verran of the police department said. “It will probably be about three days after the investigation is completed.” He said a public announcement will be made when the plans are completed.

Verran said the investigation into the dog’s death is being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Yoris was severely injured in an incident with five teenage boys on Saturday afternoon in a large open field that is part of the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

Yoris got out of his kennel and went to the field. What happened next is being investigated by the TBI, but the end result was three of the boys suffered dog bites and Yoris was badly injured, including several stabbings. He was found by a neighbor lying in a pool of blood and panting for breath.

Read the full report at the Johnson City Press Web site.

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