Sheriff canine "Kilo" dies from off-duty injury
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Kilo, who has been a member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department since 2010, has died as a result of injuries he suffered off-duty.
Deputy Tracy Suitt with the Pima County Sheriff's Department tells KGUN9 that on September 10, Deputy Ahern’s canine partner Kilo had to be euthanized due to a sudden spinal cord injury that paralyzed the back half of his body.
Kilo sustained his injury while off-duty and chasing a toy in Deputy Ahern’s back yard, said Suitt.
He was taken to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson where he was diagnosed with
trauma to his spinal cord from a broken piece of spinal disk.
Together, Deputy Ahern and Kilo found numerous suspects that fled from deputies. They were one of the most productive narcotics teams in the history of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit.
Since February 2011, Deputy Ahern and Kilo conducted 263 narcotics searches.
One of Kilo’s most notable seizures was made on August 28, 2013. Deputy Ahern and Kilo conducted a narcotics search of a commercial tractor trailer and Kilo alerted to a wooden crate containing a large safe. As a result of this alert, the crate was ultimately opened and over $300,000 of suspected drug related currency was located inside of the safe.