A U.S Border Patrol agent was injured and her police dog was killed when their patrol vehicle slid on a patch of ice and rolled down a steep embankment early Sunday northwest of Colville, the agency said.
The agent was patrolling the area along Highway 395 when she crashed at about 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said.
Rescuers extricated her from the vehicle with a Jaws of Life hydraulic tool, and she was taken to a hospital with multiple injuries that were not life-threatening, the agency said.
The Border Patrol did not disclose the name of the agent, and her condition was not immediately clear Monday evening. The dog, Jackie, died at the scene. The dog had been with the agency since 2015.
“Thank you to all the rescuers and medical staff involved and please remember K-9 Jackie and the agent in your thoughts and prayers,” David BeMiller, acting chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol’s Spokane sector, said in a statement. “We understand the risks that we take as well as our K-9 partners; it is never easy when we lose a partner.”
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