KINGMAN Sheriff Tom Sheahan regrets to announce the untimely death of one of the Sheriff's canine officers. Boy, a 9-year-old male Belgian Malinois, died suddenly on Sunday from damaged lung tissue as a result of a chronic, incurable, lung disease.
Boy was active as a K-9 officer from 1999 until his death. He was with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit for six years. Over his lengthy career, Boy was responsible for building searches, outdoor or wind-scent searches, extraction of suspects from buildings and vehicles, and capture of suspects fleeing crime scenes, and had assisted in missing-persons searches.
K-9 units have been proven to be a smart and valuable asset in assisting with law enforcement activities.
Boy will be missed by his handler, Sgt. Ron Weber, and the staff at the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.
His many years of service will be difficult to replace.
In years past, numerous individual citizens and civic organizations have generously contributed to the Sheriff's Office K-9 program. The Sheriff's Office chooses K-9s from organizations that specialize in police service dogs. A replacement K-9 including six weeks of training for the dog and handler is approximately $10,000.
Any individual or group that wishes to make a contribution in memory of Boy can contact Trish Carter, public information specialist, at 753-0755.