Texas nonprofit replaces police dog killed in Paris attacks

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A Belgian Malinois

HOUSTON  — A Texas nonprofit that trains dogs for police duty has donated a trained dog to the French National Police to replace one killed in last month’s attacks in Paris.

Houston-based K9s4COPs presented the dog to the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The Belgian Malinois is to be named Liberte. He is to replace Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian shepherd killed in a Nov. 18 raid in the Parisian suburb Saint-Denis. The raid, in which three people were killed, targeted the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.

Earlier this month, Russian police donated a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to the French ambassador in Moscow to replace Diesel. Dobrynya is named for a Russian fairy-tale knight.