ST.GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- St. George police are mourning the death of one of their K9 officers.
“Rossko” died Wednesday night from complications of Gastric dilatiation-volvulus, commonly known as “Bloat”.
That’s when the stomach twists and damages the internal organs of a dog.
Officers say Rossko made a big contribution to the department.
In his career, Rossko made 44 arrests.
He was responsible for location 17 grams of hashish, 16 grams of heroin, 17 grams of meth and 54 grams of marijuana off the streets.
Rossko also helped find over 170 drug paraphernalia items.
His human partner is Officer Watson.
He wrote a letter in tribute on the St. George Police Page.
In part it says:
“He was a fantastic partner and I will miss him greatly. I will especially miss seeing everybody’s shocked faces when he used to crawl out from under my desk and surprise everyone. He loved to sleep curled up next to me while I did paperwork. If you never got to see him open and close the car door well…you missed some entertainment. He always loved to show off. He loved people and was never one to pass up a pat on the back or a scratch behind his ears.”