First-of-its-kind police dog dies of cancer

Posted at 6:15 PM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 18:15:51-05

LEBANON, Ohio -- The Warren County Sheriff's Department has lost a first-of-its-kind police dog.

Kash, a 6-year-old Belgian Manilois, was diagnosed with cancer late last year but continued to work until July. He was the first in the United States certified to sniff out prescription drugs. Kash also could detect other narcotics and track down suspects.

Kash and his partner, Deputy Brian Lewis, are credited with helping in hundreds of busts.

"The handlers, they have a bond with these canine partners that a lot of people don't understand," said Brian Tinch, operations division commander of the Warren County Sheriff's Office. "They spend more time with those canines than they do their own family and co-workers, largely. They go everywhere with them. And it's just a true loss."

Kash died at home with Lewis at his side.