Newburgh, NY – Newburgh Police Department K9 Bella died from medical complications on Nov. 14, according to her department.
The five-and-one-half-year-old K9 spent her entire career working alongside her human partner, Newburgh Police Officer William Hinspeter, the NPD said in a Facebook post.
“It is with great sadness and an extremely heavy heart that I announce the in-service death of City of Newburgh Police K9 Bella,” the department’s post read. “K9 Bella passed away as a result of medical complications. She left us and those she served in the City of Newburgh way too soon.”
Officer Hinspeter said it was difficult to watch his partner slip away.
“It was tough,” he told the Mid Hudson Times. “Very tough.”
Officer Hinspeter said it was “awesome” to have had the opportunity to raise K9 Bella from the time she was a puppy.
“You know, it was something that words can’t even be put into to describe,” he said. “She was an amazing dog.”
K9 Bella, who was certified in both patrol and explosive detection, was well-known as a “dedicated crime fighter,” the NPD said.
“K9 Bella has been credited with numerous finds, apprehensions and provided an added level of safety to her handler and the rest of the men and women of the City of Newburgh Police Department,” the agency noted.
But she also enjoyed interacting with children and other members of her community, and especially loved spending time with Officer Hinspeter’s family.
“She was great with my kids,” he told the Mid Hudson Times. “She liked to get into mischief at home. You know, steal food. My wife would turn around making dinner, and she would steal it off the counter or eat my kids’ food when they weren’t looking.”
NPD said that K9 Bella will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newburgh Police Department and Officer Hinspeter in the loss of K9 Bella.