ATHENS, Ohio - The Athens County Sheriff's Office said goodbye to a three-year veteran of the department on Thursday.
Turner, of the K9 unit with the sheriff's office, was put to sleep Thursday morning due to health issues, police said. Turner was the canine unit assigned to work with Deputy Matt May for the past three and a half years of the dog's four years of life.
Sheriff Pat Kelly with the Athens County Sheriff's Office said the dog had been assigned to May for about three and a half years and was his dog. Kelly said the dog had been experiencing health issues for the past couple months involving an intestine that had turned in his stomach.
Photo courtesy of the Athens County Sheriff’s Office
The Athens County Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of Deputy Matt May with his sheriff’s dog, Turner.
"(The veterinarian) thought he was OK but it started again," Kelly said. "He had been in a lot of pain."
The animal was a Malinois, or Belgian Shepherd dog, Kelly said.
Kelly had posted on the Athens County Sheriff's Office Facebook page a final farewell to the police dog.
"Thanks for your service, Turner," Kelly said.