FOND DU LAC — A retired
Fond du Lac police dog that survived being shot in 2011
has been euthanized after his health declined.
Grendel was the K-9 partner
of Fond du Lac Police Officer Ryan Williams. According to
a police news release, Williams took Grendel for one last
brief training exercise in rural Fond du Lac County before
the veterinary appointment.
Williams and Grendel were
wounded by gunfire on March 20, 2011, when they responded
to the home of a sexual assault suspect. In the ensuing
standoff, Officer Craig Birkholz was fatally shot by the
suspect, who later died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Grendel retired in 2014,
while Williams remains on the force. The Milwaukee Journal
) reports Grendel was buried Wednesday in Rienzi Cemetery
alongside other area law enforcement police dogs.