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PBSO deputy 'amazed' by little boy's letter after death of K-9

Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 18:34:31-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A little boy has left a big impression on the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office following the death of one of their K-9s.

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The Sheriff's Office said a boy named Cooper wrote to a heartfelt letter to Deputy Ryan, the handler of Cigo, a 3-year-old K-9 that was shot and killed while trying to take down a suspect near the Mall at Wellington Green on Christmas Eve.

"To make him feel happy because I knew he got sad the way his dog got killed," Cooper Kline told WPTV on Friday.

READ THE LETTER HERE:

"I am sorry that your dog got shot," Cooper wrote in the letter. "Thank you for keeping me safe thank you for your service."

The sheriff's office said Cooper's mom told them her son wrote the letter while she was getting ready for work.

"Don't worry you will get a new buddy keep up the good work I will keep praying for you to do good," the letter read. "Keep arresting the bad guys and one day I hope I can meet you and your new dog!!"

The sheriff's office said Cooper's mother reached out to them, asking for help to give the letter to Ryan.

"To see a child truly be a child and have so much love inside of him and want to get it to a deputy who's mourning the loss of a friend," said Cooper's mother, Joanna.

PBSO said it got the letter to the deputy, who was touched and amazed by Cooper's love.

On Thursday, the sheriff's office said funeral arrangements for Cigo are now being planned.