For more than 10 years, Shep, the Lakewood Police Department’s K-9, “bravely and valiantly” served the city of Lakewood.
The German Shepard police dog sniffed out an untold amount of drugs and tracked down Lakewood criminals.
He died this week after a “courageous battle” with cancer.
Capt. Gary Sprague said that the nearly 11-year-old Shep — the partner of police officer Chris Obrock — will be missed as any officer would be.
“I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times he sniffed out drugs or tracked down a suspect,” Sprague said. “Over the years, it was day in and day out — he was working.”
The loss of Shep leaves the department with only one K-9 unit in the department, and police officials will now begin the difficult task of replacing him.
“Technically he was a police officer,” added Sprague. “He was a working member of the department and he will be missed.”
Cards may be sent in care of the police department, however no service is scheduled.