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Ohio K-9 Dies After Being Shot During Confrontation with Burglary Suspect

January 11, 2016  | 

Canton Officer Ryan Davis comforts Jethro, his K9 partner who was shot several times early Saturday morning. The dog succumbed to his wounds on Sunday. (PhotoL Canton PD)
Canton Officer Ryan Davis comforts Jethro, his K9 partner who was shot several times early Saturday morning. The dog succumbed to his wounds on Sunday. (PhotoL Canton PD)

Jethro, the Canton, OH, Police K-9 shot while foiling a burglary attempt early Saturday morning, has died.

The Canton Police Department posted this on its Facebook page Sunday morning: "It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro. He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed."

Officer Ryan Davis, with Jethro, was responding to a burglar alarm at Fishers Foods at 1272 Harrison Ave. SW. Jethro was shot during a confrontation with the suspected burglar, who also was shot in the ankle and is in police custody, reports.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that that dog saved officers’ lives,” Police Chief Bruce Lawver said Saturday.

Comments (5)

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Bill DeMott @ 1/11/2016 11:47 PM

God bless you and Jethro bro. I'm sure he's in a better place and I hope you know that all good dogs go to heaven. Having been in K9 for 23 of my 26 years on the job, I worked three dogs and It was hard enough to have to put them down when the time came. The POS shouldn't be breathing air. I hope you train a new partner and get back out there and do the job. Jethro would want you to. Stay safe

Bob retired leo @ 1/12/2016 10:04 AM

RIP Jethro. I heard he was injured pretty badly but never received any conformation on my FB page. He's gone over the so called Rainbow Bridge as dog lovers call it, and as the saying goes all dogs go to heaven. My condolences to his partner and handler and the Dept.

Lt Watchus @ 1/12/2016 10:13 AM

RIP Jethro you are and will always be a hero.

Christine Johnson @ 1/15/2016 5:14 PM

Dear Officer Ryan Davis,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your partner Jethro. I home They Throw the Book at THAT PUNK !!! Take care and just keep breathing everyday. I think if Jethro would have survived, he would not be the same. May God bless you and All of your precinct FAMILY.🐕🐕🐕😇😇😇😢😢😢

Christina @ 1/15/2016 9:58 PM

Dear Officer Davis,
my heart goes out to you and your family. I cried so much, when I saw your story on tv. What an awesome dog Jethro was.. RIP sweet hero.

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