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Sheriff's Office K-9 dies, another injured

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office not only saw the loss of its senior police K-9 Andor last week, but the accidental minor injury of its K-9 Ryker during a demonstration at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede.

K-9 Andor, an almost 11-year-old Belgian Malinois, had to be euthanized last week after it was discovered that the dog was suffering from prostate cancer that had progressed to an advanced stage. Although he was placed into retirement in March 2004, he remained with the Sheriff’s office in reserve capacity and was still called upon for general K-9 service. KCSO Sgt. Jon Hytinen was Andor’s handler for the dog’s entire law enforcement career which began in 1996 and lived with Hytinen and his family.

“It’s never easy for a K-9 officer to lose a dog, that dog becomes so attached to you and you become so attached to him,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman. “(Hytinen) made the decision that he didn’t want Andor to suffer. There was no treatment to save the dog’s life.”

Andor was born in the Netherlands and after selection by Sheriff’s K-9 deputies, he was obtained from Makor Kennels in Napa Valley, Calif. He trained for three months before he was placed into service as a patrol K-9 in December 1996. In his nine years of service, Andor is credited with more than 200 suspect arrests.

“When we took (K-9) Elco on in March of 2004 the plan was for Andor to go into retirement, but because he was still active at the time, we put him into semi-retirement,” Wilson said. “We used him just two weeks or so ago.”

He added that Hytinen was planning on taking Andor into full retirement at the end of this month.

“(Hytinen) has decided that (Andor) was his last K-9, he had two before, but this was his last,” Wilson said. “But he will remain K-9 unit supervisor.”

Also last week, 5-year-old K-9 Ryker was accidently injured during a demonstration at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. The demonstration was a pursuit and hold exercise involving an off-duty deputy who was portraying the role of the suspect.

Ryker, a German shepherd, leaped and struck the deputy’s leg and injured his right paw, according to Wilson.

“He collided with his leg, recovered

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