Sheriff's Office canine killed in 'tragic' accident

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Antrim County’s new K9 officer, Deputy “Ori” died last Friday after being struck by a car during a training exercise in Kalkaska County.

BELLAIRE – In a tragic accident, the Antrim County canine dog, in service for just a few weeks after finishing extensive training downstate, was killed last Friday, Nov. 10.

Just 16 months-old at the time of his death, the German shepherd was struck by a car while he and his handler were participating in an off-lead training event in Kalkaska County, according to a Nov. 14 release from the Antrim County Sheriff's Office.

“Ori” was purchased in Europe by Mid-Michigan Kennels – a canine law enforcement training facility in Eaton Rapids – through a $17,250 donation from the Community Foundation Endowment for Antrim awarded to the Sheriff's Office last August.

"Ori" and his handler completed dual purpose canine training in narcotic detection, tracking, article searching and handler protection in mid-October, successfully graduating on Oct. 13. The dog began patrol activities on Oct. 30.

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