There's irony to a police dog's death by shotgun Friday afternoon in Walker County, GA.


That morning, money had been donated to buy a bulletproof vest for Tanja, a Dutch shepherd the sheriff's department had for only about three months. The Hamilton County Roughnecks, the local chapter of a national motorcycle club of retired and active law enforcement personnel, raised the money.


"They had presented me an $850 check," Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said, calling the timing "an ironic, strange set of circumstances."


Sheriff's deputies will hold a memorial service for the K-9 deputy at 11 a.m. Friday at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring. It will include a 10-mile-long procession on U.S. Highway 27 that will start at 10 a.m. at LaFayette High School.


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