Chicago Police Department heartbroken over death of K9 officer

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago police officer is mourning the loss of his K9 companion.

Vito, Officer David Garza's partner, died Tuesday night after undergoing emergency surgery, police said.

The department tweeted its condolences Wednesday morning to a heartbroken Officer Garza, saying Vito will be sorely missed by the CPD family.

Vito will be cremated in a private ceremony, police said.

Those who would like to make a donation in Vito's honor can send them here:

CPD K-9 Unit Fund

3340 W. Fillmore St.

Chicago, IL 60624

To find out more about the CPD Canine Unit, click here.