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, CantonRep.com reports.

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

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