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Iowa City K-9 officer Becky dies of bloat

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A police dog in Iowa City has died.

The Iowa City Police Department announced on Wednesday that K-9 officer Becky died on Monday after suffering a case of bloat, or twisted stomach.

Becky, a 5-year-old Dutch shepherd, joined the department in 2009 and was originally partnered with Officer Matt Hansen, assisting in numerous arrests and narcotics seizures.

Her most notable arrest was in 2010, when she helped Officer Hansen and the Johnson County and Muscatine County Sheriff's Offices track a suspect for nearly five miles in single-digit temperatures. Police eventually located the man and took him into custody.

When Officer Hansen left the department in October, Becky was partnered with Officer Brandon Faulkcon.

Becky and Officer Faulkcon were at training in Indiana when Becky died.

Bloat, otherwise known as gastric dilatation, volvulus or twisted stomach, is common in large-breed dogs and causes death in 50 percent of cases.

The department said they will be seeking a replacement for Becky in the near future.

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