Los Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is saddened to learn that Credo, esteemed member of the Long Beach Police Department K-9 Unit was shot in killed in the line of duty today.

“We mustn’t forget that highly trained working animals, like Credo, put their lives on the line alongside their brave officer handlers,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein.

Credo was a 4 year old Belgian Malinois who worked with the police department for two years alongside his handler, Officer Mike Parcells.

To honor Credo’s sacrifice and commitment to law enforcement, spcaLA Humane Officers will “wear a black morning band across the uniform badge” in accordance with spcaLA Animal Protection Services Policy 1046.4.1.  The mourning band is worn whenever a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty.

spcaLA will also fly their flag at half-mast.