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Whitman County Sheriff’s K-9 passes away

Unix searched for narcotics for the department for seven years before his death

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Unix, Whitman County Sheriff's Office narcotics dog, passed away overnight Friday.

Unix, Whitman County Sheriff's Office narcotics dog, passed away overnight Friday.

COURTESY OF WHITMAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

COURTESY OF WHITMAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Unix, Whitman County Sheriff's Office narcotics dog, passed away overnight Friday.

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

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Whitman County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of their narcotics dog Unix over the weekend.

Veterinarians diagnosed the 9-year-old German Shepherd with an aggressive form of cancer during a check-up the previous week, Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said. Unix died suddenly in his sleep overnight on May 4.

“He was a valuable member of the sheriff’s office team,” Myers said. “His services will be greatly missed.”

The drug-sniffing dog worked closely with Sgt. Keith Cooper, who Unix had worked with the day before. Cooper discovered Unix dead in the early morning hours on May 5, Myers said.

Unix had completed hundreds of searches for narcotics in his seven-year career with the Sheriff’s Office. Cooper told Myers that Unix had not shown signs of pain in the days leading up to his passing, Myers said.

The Animal Clinic and Hospital in Moscow will assist in cremation and services, and Cooper and his family will receive Unix’s remains.

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IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

Ian Smay is a senior journalism & media production major, with an emphasis in broadcast news, from Dayton, Washington. He is also minoring in criminal justice, and served as the crime & courts beat reporter from Aug. 2017 – May 2018. He can be reached at [email protected]

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