The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is suffering after the loss of one of their own. Saber, one of the department’s two beloved K-9 officers, collapsed on the job and was rushed to a local emergency veterinarian’s office Thursday, Jan. 21. He never recovered.
The WCSO said Saber was suffering from internal bleeding from a tumor and lost his life. The dog was scheduled to retire at the end of this month.
Here’s the full report from Sheriff Joe Hagerty:
“It is with heavy hearts, we regrettably report, the sudden passing of K-9 Saber. Saber collapsed while working with his handler, Deputy Cotton, last night and was rushed to the vet. Unfortunately, it was determined he was bleeding internally from a ruptured tumor (hemangiosarcoma) and little could be done to save his life.
Saber began his patrol career with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office in the spring of 2007. During his career, he had a first place finish in Criminal apprehension at Region 12 certification in 2011. He twice received case of the quarter for locating suspects in Carver County and Monticello, and case of the year in 2014 through the United States Police Canine Association. He was a certified Patrol Dog I and Patrol Dog II (tracking certification). Saber was also certified in narcotics detection, and placed 5th at National Narcotics Certification.
K-9 Saber served the citizens of Wright County for nine years, locating and apprehending numerous suspects. He also entertained many through countless K-9 Demonstrations, County Fair appearances and DARE graduations. He was an asset to the patrol division and will be missed by his handlers.
Saber was scheduled to be retired from service next Friday.”