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Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fritz put down after sudden illness

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K-9 Fritz (Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office) K-9 Fritz (Photo: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office)

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office has announced the sudden passing of K-9 Fritz.

Fritz’s handler, Deputy Brent Harris, noticed the dog had become ill last weekend and took Fritz to an emergency veterinarian.

Fritz’s condition continued to worsen and he was seen by three veterinarians. After a battery of tests, it was determined the most caring course of action for Fritz was to put him down.

“This is hard on all of us, but none more so than Fritz’s handler, Deputy Harris and the Harris family. Fritz was within a few months of retirement so Deputy Harris was already preparing himself for not working Fritz. Getting the results of the medical tests made it clear to us all that saying goodbye to Fritz now was the right thing to do,” said Sheriff Mark Nelson.

Fritz was acquired by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 and began his career in early 2010.

Harris and Fritz accumulated more than 1,000 hours of training and more than 15,000 hours of in-service time.

They made dozens of captures for a wide variety of serious crimes. They were also involved in school visits and community events.

Harris and Fritz served all law enforcement agencies in Cowlitz County, assisted in Wahkiakum County and also responded to calls in Oregon when needed.

Nelson said Fritz will be given all the honors deserving of a law enforcement K-9 that dies while in service.  

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