By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

Grove City K-9 officer Max dies during emergency surgery for cancerous growth

The Grove City Division of Police announced on its Facebook page June 9 that K- officer Max has died.

Max had undergone emergency surgery June 8 after a cancerous growth was discovered and did not survive the procedure, according to the post.

Grove City K-9 officer Max

“Max was an eight year old Belgian Malinois and had served with the Division since July of 2015,” the post read. “He was a dual purpose K-9 trained in narcotic detection, criminal apprehension, human tracking, article search, and handler protection. Prior to his official Police Officer status in 2015, Max competed at various levels in French Ring Sport. Max served with the Special Operations Bureau and Patrol with his handler Officer Kitko. Max had been deployed over 1290 times and assisted in over 600 arrests.”

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