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Allegan County Sheriff's Office
Monday February 28th, 2011 :: 12:46 p.m. EST


The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office announces the death of one of its K-9 deputies with the passing of canine Garo.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office regrets to announce the loss of one of its canine deputies with the passing of K-9 Deputy “Garo” unexpectedly on Sunday, February 27 from a medical condition.
Garo was a 6 ½ year old German Shepard, and was the partner of Deputy David Holmes. Garo began his career with the Sheriff's Office as Deputy Holmes’ partner in 2007, and lived near Wayland with him and his family.

Garo served as a dual purpose K9; trained in both drug detection and tracking. During his 3 ½ years of service, the team of Deputy Holmes and Garo proved not only to be a valuable component of the County's drug enforcement effort and participated in search efforts, but also served as goodwill ambassadors for the Sheriff's Office by making numerous public appearances for schools and civic groups.

The passing of Garo leaves the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office with only two K-9 teams, a unit which normally operates with four teams, and is maintained solely through donations from the community.

Noah's Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematory of Grand Rapids has graciously donated cremation services for Garo.

Allegan County Sheriff's Office
112 Walnut St
Allegan, MI 49010

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 269-673-0500

Jennifer A. Mitchell

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