Sheriff’s K-9 put to sleep |

Sheriff’s K-9 put to sleep

BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office’s canine hound, Ashley, was euthanized Sunday after a battle with cancer.

The 7-and-a-half-year-old dog was handled by Sgt. Jeff Kiewiet and was employed for tracking and cadaver work.

In January, a veterinarian diagnosed Ashley with a malignant melanoma in her mouth. Local veterinarian Dr. Tom Fatora removed a large portion of the tumor, but its severity prevented complete removal. Ashley worked up until the January surgery and then stayed at home with Kiewiet.

During her career, Ashley had numerous successful finds, and she and Kiewiet were featured in a March 2001 People magazine story for their teamwork.

“Ashley’s passing is a big loss to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Joe Morales. “We are deeply saddened. Jeff is an exceptional handler, always going above and beyond to care for and treat Ashley as part of his own family. Ashley helped in several cases, in county and out, and was a valuable asset to our agency. She will be missed.”

The agency said the community was instrumental in supporting the Sheriff’s Office K-9 program through monetary donations, equipment, supplies, veterinary care and support.

“Ashely left an impression – and slobber – on everyone she met,” Kiewiet said. “She will be missed.”

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