Members of the Newcomerstown Police Department are mourning the loss of Elvis, a German shepherd that served with the department for four years.
Elvis died June 28 and has been cremated.
"They had to put him to sleep," said Police Chief Gary Holland. "He had developed cancer, and it got to the point where he was struggling."
The dog was living with Michael Brooks, his handler. Brooks, who formerly worked for the Newcomerstown department, is now a Euclid police officer.
Elvis was born in Germany in October 2007 and came to the United State the next year. The dog worked in Newcomerstown until 2012 when he retired. Holland said Elvis was trained to locate drugs. He assisted Tuscarawas County units, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Coshocton County when deputies were in the eastern part of that county.
Since Elvis' retirement, Newcomerstown has not had a police dog.
"We don't have the staffing," Holland said. "We'd like to get one, but until the staffing comes up, we're not going to invest in one."