Father shares touching email from fallen IMPD Ofc. Perry Renn

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (July 7, 2014) — Before his untimely death, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn was known as an avid animal lover.

Renn’s father, David, reached out to FOX59 News and provided the email below, written by the fallen officer after his dog’s death in August 2007.

David Renn told FOX59 News he has reread the message several times since finding out about his son’s death on Saturday night and he wanted to share an example of his son’s big heart with the community.

Kaito passed away on August 18, 2007 just before 3:00 am. Kaito had started throwing up on Wednesday night when I was at work and I took him to the vet on Thursday. The vet wasn’t really sure what was wrong with him and did blood tests and gave him some meds to stop his throwing up and injected him with water to keep him from dehydrating. The vet called me Friday morning with the blood test results and believed he had pancreatitis and I took him in to get more fluids injected into him. Pancreatitis is supposed to be treated by keeping them off food or fluids orally until the inflammation goes down and is rarely fatal if caught early enough. The blood test results were promising and the vet expected him to recover. I went to work Friday night and got home a little after 2:00 am and he was lying on the rug in front of the fireplace. He looked up at me but he didn’t get up. I thought that was too be expected since he hadn’t eaten or slept in a couple of days. I had gone to bed and Lynn had heard Kaito making a strange noise. I went out to check on him and decided to lie down on the floor with him. Kaito was looking at me and made another strange noise and I knew something was wrong so I jumped up and held him in my arms and he died soon after that with me still holding him in my arms. I’m sure he had just given up because pancreatitis can be pretty painful and he was just holding out so I could be with him when he passed on. I hated so much watching him die, my only solace is that he is no longer suffering. I only hope that he wasn’t in too much pain because he was good at hiding it and I’d never want him to suffer.


The family has asked that donations be made in honor of Officer Renn to Best Friends Animal Society.

The group released the following statement about the request:

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Officer Perry Renn and are honored that the family is directing donations to us in his memory. Best Friends Animal Society has a network of more than 1,000 local animal rescue groups and shelters across the country, including several in Indiana. Donations such as these are vital in the work we do across the country to help homeless pets.