LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — The Lorain County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its own, K-9 Ozzy, who died last week on Jan. 29.
Ozzy was an officer with the sheriff's department from April 18, 2008, until Dec. 31, 2012, when he retired.
He worked alongside his handler, Sgt. Bryan Barnes, and according to the sheriff's office, was an amazing partner, friend, protector and member of the Barnes family.
Ozzy died after a long battle with an autoimmune disorder, just shy of his 13th birthday in April.
The sheriff's office said K-9 Officer Ozzy "will be dearly missed but never forgotten."