After suffering the tragic loss of his canine companion, Peydro, Woodland Police Officer Juan Barrera was given an early Christmas gift in the form of a new furry friend at the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday.
Barrera's K-9 partner, Peydro, was critically injured on May 28, 2016, when he was struck by a car while attempting to detain a suspect who was trying to escape on a bicycle. The collision caused damage to Peydro’s teeth and jaws, as well as extensive damage to his vertebrae, police said. Pins were placed in his lower back during the four-hour surgery.
Peydro officially retired in October 2016 and spent his retirement with his partner, Barrera.
However, the police department made the sad announcement that Peydro had passed away unexpectedly in November.
On Sunday, Barrera was brought onto the field during halftime and blindfolded as screens around the stadium recounted the tragic loss of Peydro. Barrera was then led to an oversized gift box, where he was surprised with a German Shepard puppy.
"What an exciting day for Officer Barrera and an amazing gesture by the San Francisco 49ers," the Woodland Police Department said.
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