Muskegon Co. Sheriff’s Office dog dies of cancer

Muskegon County
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — K-9 Rex, a four-legged partner at the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, died over the weekend of an aggressive type of blood cancer.

Rex, a German shepherd, was diagnosed with subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma after undergoing an emergency surgery June 13.

In a Monday post on its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office remembered Rex as “energetic.”

Bred in the Netherlands, the dog had training at the Southfield Police Department and Oakland Community College. Rex came to Muskegon County in 2012 and was partnered with Deputy Jamie Ottinger. Together, the sheriff’ office said, they sniffed out drugs, tracked suspects and found lost children.

A public open house to remember Rex will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Fricano’s Event Center at 1050 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon. The sheriff’s office says other police dogs may attend.

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