A Sad Goodbye to K-9 Kyra

Community: With great sadness, Jackson Police acknowledges the death of one of its Police Service Dogs.

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It is with great sadness that the Jackson Police Department acknowledges the death of one of its Police Service Dogs, "K-9 Kyra". K-9 Kyra passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 21 from complications due to a medical condition. Kyra was Jackson Police Department’s first female dual purpose police dog and the department’s first bomb detection dog. Kyra was partnered with Sergeant Brandon Moss, an 18 year veteran of the Jackson Police Department. Born in Holland, Kyra started her career at the age of 2 years old in May of 2011 with Sgt. Moss. She was trained to locate and apprehend violent suspects, find and recover valuable evidence, to detect explosives, and was often seen participating in public and educational presentations. Kyra stayed busy throughout her career locating violent suspects, responding to bomb threats, conducting bomb sweeps at public events, and locating evidence (most notably, her prodigious ability to locate firearms). Kyra received national recognition and an award from the United States Police Canine Association in 2016 for locating the firearm used in a robbery/murder that occurred on November 25, 2015. Although she was smaller than her other canine colleagues, Kyra was a force to be reckoned with and was feared by every violent suspect she encountered. She was also gentle and easy going while interacting with the public during demonstrations.

Kyra was not only a member of the Jackson Police Department, she was also a valued family member of the Moss family. She enjoyed going to work every day but also enjoyed the valuable time she had at home playing with Sgt. Moss’ wife and two children and the unconditional love that she received from all of them. Kyra will be greatly missed by both the Jackson Police Department and the Moss family but her legacy will remain forever.

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