Hero police K-9, Var dies due to complications from surgery - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Hero police K-9, Var dies due to complications from surgery

SPOKANE, Wash. - It was a story that seemed to have a happy ending.  Var the police K-9 recovered from his injuries after a car thief suspect shot him on March 17, 2009.  He later received a purple heart and was officially retired for a second time after 8 years of service.  Now we've learned Var has died due to complications from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Var died Sunday after undergoing surgery this weekend to remove the tumor.

Earlier this month Var was examined at Washington State University's Veterinary Hospital, in Pullman,  and the tumor was discovered. 

Spokane police officers decided on their own to start a private account to help pay for Var's medical needs.

Officers plan to take any money left over from Var's fund and donate them to the future retired canine fund.

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