MEDINA — A retired Medina County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Hero, died over the weekend.
The police dog, 14, served the sheriff’s office for 10 years before he retired in 2015.
During his decade of service, the German shepherd made hundreds of felony drug seizures, the sheriff’s office said. Hero tracked down several suspects, missing elderly people and missing children.
At first, retirement was very hard on Hero, said Deputy Dave King, the dog’s handler. He had to sit back and watch a new dog, Hendrix, take his place, which didn’t sit well with Hero.
Close family friends of his handler had just lost their family dog. Hero went to live with them where he spent several years. Hero became an inside dog, went on daily walks, played with a little boy and didn’t have to think about work anymore. Hero enjoyed his retired life, King said.
“Thank you for your dedicated service to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Medina County,” the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page said in announcing Hero’s death.