Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.
The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.
On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.