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Photo Credit: CNNThe Paris attacks have had a profound effect on everyone in the world. The animal world is not immune from heartbreak and shock. In addition to the many lives already lost, we mourn the death of a police dog named Diesel, who was also killed during the anti-terrorism raids in a Paris suburb known as Saint-Denis.

France's Police Nationale confirmed Diesel's death on Twitter, reporting that Diesel "was killed by terrorists in the current operation in Saint-Denis."

According to Bustle, "...at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police closed in on an apartment building in Saint-Denis where they believed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, and a possible ninth attacker could be hiding.

 

After a female suicide bomber detonated her vest during the hours-long standoff, police ended the raid with seven arrests, but did not confirm whether they included the three targets. Fortunately, no officers were killed and five sustained only minor injuries, and that's partially due to the actions of Diesel, RAID's assault and explosives search dog."

Reports of the heroism of this 7-year old Belgian Shepherd trended on Twitter with thousands of tributes. Follow along using the #RIPDiesel hashtag.

Rest in peace, Diesel.

Photo Credit: CNN

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Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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