Veteran Rocky Mount K-9 officer dies

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A Rocky Mount police K-9 officer died Saturday from an undisclosed medical condition.

K-9 officer Kanyon, an 8-year-old German shepherd, had served with two handlers since starting with the department in 2008 and he was currently assigned to the patrol division with handler Off. Z. Whitley. During his career, Kanyon was credited with numerous narcotics seizures and arrests as well as certifications through the U.S. Police Canine Association.

“He will be greatly missed,” police Cpl. Mike Lewis said. “He served admirably since becoming an officer of our department.”

The department has three remaining K9 officers and a process will be conducted to replace Kanyon. A department service will be held to commemorate Kanyon’s career.