PONCA, Neb. (KTIV) - A K-9 dog that has served a northeast Nebraska county for several years has passed away unexpectedly.
According to the Dixon County Sheriff's Office, Josie died on April 3 at home. Josie was 7-years-old and worked for the sheriff's office from 2015 to 2021.
For those that knew her from afar, K-9 Josie was the loud one of the forces, always barking and establishing her territory, a look that would make many second guess their approach.
For those that knew her well, beneath the seemingly harsh exterior, she was a gentle soul that absolutely loved her job and wanted nothing more than love, affection, and her reward toy ball.
Throughout countless calls and trainings, Josie was always ready to work at a moment’s notice right beside her handler Deputy Rich Lamprecht, whether it was a drug search or a demonstration, she illustrated how important these K-9’s is not only for our safety and well-being but also for the education of our public.
A partner like no other. Gone much too soon with so much more to give.
K-9 Officer Josie end of watch 4/3/2021. Rest easy girl.From the Dixon County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page
As part of a press release, the sheriff's office sent out a thank you to Dr. Melissa Heithold and her staff at Wayne Vet Clinic for all of the care they gave Josie during her ACL injury and on Saturday.
The sheriff' office also wanted to thank everyone who sent donations supporting Josie over the years.