The Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund announced late yesterday that retired bomb sniffing K-9 Dennis died yesterday “due to complications related to his cancer.”
Dennis retired last March when he was first diagnosed with terminal cancer. He worked in the K-9 Unit with his partner Officer Craig Williamson for 6 years. According to KOMO, the pair responded to more than 1000 calls to search for evidence in crimes involving firearms and explosives.
Dennis and Officer Williamson lived together and developed a close bond. When it was announced that Dennis was retiring, Officer Williamson said he was retiring from the K-9 Unit because “he could never work with another K-9 partner.”
Here’s the entire announcement from the Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund:
“It is with great sadness to announce that Bomb Dog Dennis passed away this evening. He had a normal breakfast and morning walk, but showed signs of fatigue this afternoon due to the ongoing complications related to his cancer. He went in for fluid draining but he did not survive the procedure, suffering from both cardiac and respiratory distress.
He touched the hearts of many, was a faithful and loving partner, and a loyal officer protecting the citizens of Seattle.
He will be missed.
Rest in Peace, Dennis.
Here’s the video from Dennis’ retirement announcement: