A K-9 that retired from the Kent (OH) Police Department in January after eight years of service has passed away, according to an agency Facebook post.
The post said, "It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of one of our beloved K-9s Aiko whom passed away July 9th, 2019. Aiko retired on January 7th, 2018 but still remained a constant KPD family member."
K-9 Aiko was partnered with Sergeant Ennemoser for eight years. As a team they were deployed 472 times which included 299 narcotics calls, 54 building searches, and made 62 tracks.
"In 2018 he was a Dog Days of Summer Top Dog finalist," the Facebook post continued. "The team had many successes in finds, sniffs and seizures. After retirement Aiko continued to live with Sgt. Ennemoser & family where he was very much loved, cared for & spoiled. Thank you Aiko for your years of service & dedication to the City of Kent. You will always be a hero & a Top Dog to us. Sending love & prayers to the Ennemoser family during this time. "
The post concluded, "We will miss you greatly, Aiko!"