Military service held for dog killed by bicyclist

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POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A former military dog shot and killed by a bicyclist who says the dog attacked him has been buried with military honors in Powell.

The ceremony on Wednesday commemorated the life and service of the 9-year-old dog named Michael that reached the rank of major in the U.S. Army for his work sniffing out explosive devices in Iraq.

Michael later became a service animal for his handler, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bessler, of Powell, after the two were discharged.

The Powell Tribune reports that Bessler spoke of the dog during the ceremony as his "brother, protector, co-pilot and best friend."

Michael was fatally shot on Oct. 10 near Bessler's rural Powell home.

A police investigation concluded the facts support the cyclist's account that he acted in self-defense.