Bardstown Funeral Photo Tops 2013 Animal Stories Poll

Jan 2, 2014

A photo of a police dog taken during the funeral of his partner in Bardstown is topping a national poll of animal stories in 2013.

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The picture, captured by freelance photographer Jonathan Palmer and first published on, shows retired police dog Figo extending his paw onto the casket of slain Bardstown officer Jason Ellis.

Ellis was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant in the early morning of May 25 as he was driving home. Investigators suspect he was ambushed. Figo was not in the car at the time of the shooting.

The famous photo, which went viral after its publication, was selected as one of the top ten animal stories of 2013 by NBC's  The Today Show.