Remembering K-9 Haas

Updated: January 14, 2019 10:42 PM

Haas had just turned 3-years-old. And now, he'll forever be 3.


 "The tail was always wagging on that dog, he was always having fun, no matter what he was doing," shared Sgt. Kelly Greenwalt, the Duluth K-9 Coordinator. "Plus he was one of those great, all-around dogs. Breeders were interested in him."

Haas died during a domestic assault call off Skyline Parkway on Sunday night. His partner, Officer Aaron Haller, suffered a non-life threatening injury during the same shooting. 

Robbin Champaigne, president of the Northland K-9 Foundation, shared this about Haas. "He has such a big personality. He's so social, and so friendly. So Haas wasn't enough. I called him Haasenpepper, because he has that energy that's over abundant. He was an amazing dog."

She thinks there hasn't been a K-9 death in the line of duty in the state of Minnesota in 30 years. And she hasn't heard of one in the Northland before.

The Foundation works with Duluth, Superior, and Hermantown K-9s, along with those in Douglas and St. Louis Counties. Champaigne said there are 13 left now within those agencies.

Greenwalt said you have to train for the worst-case scenarios with your dog, but it's never easy when something like this happens.

There's been an outpouring of support for Haas and Officer Haller from all across the state and region. "If you'd like to leave a note on our Facebook page, I'm sure Officer Haller will one day read them. You can also send a card to the police department, for Officer Haller. Or make a donation to the Northland K-9 Foundation in Haas' name," she said.

Here's where to donate:

The city will be lighting Enger Tower blue in honor of Haas and our other officers this week.

Monday evening, a procession of Duluth Police Department squad cars transported the body of K-9 Haas for cremation along Grand Avenue

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