The Genesee County Sheriff's Office announced K-9 "Destro" passed away Friday after a short battle with cancer.
The Sheriff's office says Destro developed health concerns earlier in the week and passed away Friday at the Cornell University Companion Hospital with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion, by his side.
Destro, and 8-year-old German Shepherd, joined the GCSO in August of 2013.
“Destro was a true asset to all law enforcement agencies across western New York. He has been instrumental in tracking suspects, missing persons, and locating narcotics, just to name a few skills he brought to the job,” stated Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr. “He will be truly missed and our sympathies are with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion and family."
Destro's body will be made available to Cornell University Veterinary Students to learn and study from, his remains will then be returned to his family home in Byron where he will be laid to rest alongside two other family dogs.