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NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Texas K-9 is among four police dogs killed in the line of duty that are being recognized with a new award from the American Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club announced the first “AKC Paw of Courage” medal winners Monday.

Ogar, a Belgian Malinois that worked with the Smith County Constables’ Office in Texas, was shot and killed by a suspect.  Ogar and his handler were searching for a suspect who wrecked and took off on foot after a car chase. The K-9 was shot and killed after confronting the suspect.

Handler Deputy Constable Kevin Petty said, “Ogar sacrificed his life to save mine.”

The Norfolk Police Department, in Virginia, lost police dog Krijger, also a Malinois.

A third Malinois, Jag, was hit by a car during a training and certification session. He worked with California’s Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department.

Betcha, an Australian cattle dog, worked with the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont. Betcha died after running in front of his handler’s patrol car.

Purebred and mixed-breed dogs are eligible for the award.

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