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Mentor Police Department mourning death of retired K-9 Bo

Posted at 12:34 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 12:34:41-05

MENTOR, Ohio — The Mentor Police Department is mourning the death of retired K-9 Bo, the department announced on Facebook Friday.

Bo was 10 years old when he died, serving alongside his handler, Ptl. Bill Mackey from 2012-2019.

K-9 Bo with his handler Bill Mackey.

K-9 Bo spent his retirement in the love and care of the Mackey family, the department said.

K-9 Bo with his handler Bill Mackey.

He received many awards during his career with the department as he was courageous and highly-skilled during missions, his fellow officers said.

K-9 Bo with his handler Bill Mackey.

Bo loved children and adults, never declining a hug from anyone.

Bo was among 16 dogs and their handlers who have served the police department since the K-9 unit was established in 1981.

The K-9s have assisted the SWAT team with tactical operations, narcotic operations and tracking.

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