POLICE Dog Tunza suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the weekend.
Tunza fell ill during his shift on Friday and did not recover, police said in a statement.
Tunza was seven and half years old and was sworn into the Queensland Police Service following his training at 18 months old.
He was posted to Mackay District and served two years with Senior Constable Ben Richards and then served the last four years with his handler Sergeant Marcus Hahn, Officer in Charge Mackay Dog Squad.
Tunza was general purpose police dog, cross trained in drug detection.
Sergeant Hahn and Tunza have been a formidable team in the Mackay Police District over many years with successes in both drug detection and the tracking and apprehension of numerous suspects.
Condolences and acknowledgements for Tunza's service to the Mackay community have been numerous.
When not at work Tunza lived at home with Sergeant Hahn and his family.
Sergeant Hahn said today that Tunza was a special dog who loved to work.
"He was dearly loved by my family. I will miss him," Sergeant Hahn said.
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