WEST VALLEY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The search for a retired Erie County Sheriff's K9 came to a tragic end Friday.
Haso, the eight-year-old retired K9 officer, was found dead Friday, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. He was last seen Monday in Ashford.
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"He's saved lives. At minimum Haso has eight saves under his belt," said Deputy Ricky Lundberg, Haso's owner.— Ryan Clarke Arbogast (@ryanarbogastTV) April 28, 2022
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According to the sheriff's office, a tip led detectives to a property in West Valley where Haso was found dead around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
"We determined that the dog did not die of natural causes. Therefore, we have opened a criminal investigation into this situation," said Jordan Haines, Chief of Detectives for the Cattaraugus Sheriff's Office.
An investigation into his death is ongoing. An autopsy is being performed to determine the time and cause of death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (716) 938-2217.