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Andover police K-9 Thor dies after illness weeks before he was to retire

Search and rescue K9 dogs go though training

(FILE VIDEO - 2018) Search and rescue dogs and their handlers came from all over the United States to train in search and rescue techniques in Kansas.
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(FILE VIDEO - 2018) Search and rescue dogs and their handlers came from all over the United States to train in search and rescue techniques in Kansas.

An Andover police dog died just a few weeks before he was to retire.

Thor the Belgian Malinois would have turned 10 years old next month. The K-9 died Saturday following a brief illness, the Andover Police Department said in a Facebook post.

“Thor was a dual purpose K-9 trained and certified through the Kansas Police Dog Association (KPDA) in both drug detection including Marijuana, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cocaine, as well as, Patrol Tactics which included building and evidence searching, and had many successful searches during his 8+ year career,” the department said. “Thor was also certified in Tracking and Trailing, and loved to go to the schools and community events to perform demonstrations.”

A memorial tribute is planned for Thor at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the amphitheater in Central Park. Andover police officers will wear a black band of mourning through Saturday.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had the date incorrect for the memorial tribute.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received questions about how its K-9 searches for wanted suspects, and so the department responded in a video showing an element of the tracking training police dogs go through.

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