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Duluth dog park dedicated to K-9 Haas

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Duluth police K-9 Haas

A Duluth dog park was renamed Thursday to honor police K-9 Haas, who was killed in the line of duty in January. The space at the Gary-New Duluth Recreation Center, 801 101st Ave. W., is now officially known as the K-9 Haas Memorial Dog Park.

Haas, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, was fatally shot by a domestic assault suspect on Jan. 13. His handler, officer Aaron Haller, also was wounded.

"Haas was a loyal companion and fearless protector," the Duluth Police Department said in a Facebook post announcing the dedication. "He did his job dutifully and joyfully so that we did not lose a human officer that night."

Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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