Massachusetts State Police K9 Frankie Killed in Standoff Honored by PETA

The Mass State Police K-9 who was shot down in a standoff last month is being honored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA on its Tree of Life memorial dedicates a sheet to heroic dog Frankie, the first MSP dog to be killed in the line of duty.

Frankie, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a wanted fugitive who had barricaded himself in a residence in Fitchburg. Frankie was a highly decorated member of the Mass State Police for nine years.

“More than once in his impressive nine years of helping save the community, Frankie has also protected his fellow officers,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA encourages everyone to recognize all dogs for the heroes they are when given a chance and to honor them with the respect and kindness that Frankie has rightfully received.”

PETA’s Tree of Life memorial is located at its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. The Frankie leaf inscription reads on two lines:



“PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to abuse in any way’ and which opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview – honored another K-9, Koki, with a leaf on his tree of life in 2019,” PETA said in a statement. “The memorial is dedicated to individuals of all species whose lives and actions have made a difference.”

Frankie’s handler, Cavalier David Stucenski, was not physically injured in last month’s clash.

The fugitive suspect – Matthew Mack, 38 – later died after apparently shooting himself in the three-story multi-family home at 40 Oliver St.

Mack was wanted on a warrant charging him with firearms and after-the-fact accessory offenses following a previous shooting incident in Fitchburg.

After Mack shot Frankie, the soldiers picked up Frankie and evacuated him from the scene to an ambulance. He was taken to Wachusett Animal Hospital in Westminster, where he was pronounced dead. Ambulance transport was the first example of such emergency care made possible by Nero’s law.

In 2017, Frankie and Stucenski received the Medal of Bravery at the annual George L. Hanna Awards for State Bravery, the state’s highest law enforcement awards ceremony. .

The month before Frankie’s death, MSP honored Stucenski and Frankie and other members of the Special Tactics Operations team for apprehending a suspect armed with child pornography who opened fire on them when they went to arrest him. at a West Springfield motel in 2019.

PETA said in a statement, “PETA has worked with law enforcement agencies since its inception, endorsing positive enforcement training, advocating for the adoption of police dogs from shelters, and advising on home support and care. for the K-9s.”

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