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.