Racine County Sheriff K-9 dies of sudden illness

Racine County Sheriff K-9 dies of sudden illness

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED May 10, 2013

RACINE - Gingiss, a K-9 with the sheriff's office in Racine County, has died suddenly due to an illness.

"Gingiss came to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office through a private donation in July 2005," said the sheriff's department. "During K-9 Gingiss’ career he was responsible for the capture of more than 30 suspects wanted for crimes ranging from Domestic Abuse to Attempted Homicide. K-9 Gingiss was also responsible for the peaceful surrender of several suspects, who after seeing the dog, ended their standoff with Law Enforcement – the most notable being Sean Riker in Wind Lake."

Gingiss also helped with search warrants for narcotic and helped out with demonstrations at schools and civic organizations.

"At this time in his career K-9 Gingiss was finishing his last year as a patrol dog and was getting ready to settle into the role of a family dog, where he could enjoy the comfort of his backyard and the joy of his family," said Sgt. David Coughlin, Gingiss's original handler.

The sheriff's office said they will begin the process of raising funds to replace Gingiss the very near future.