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Dog's Death Inspires Pickaway Co. Authorities to Create Canine Memorial

CIRCLEVILLE (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- The passing of a longtime canine officer has led to plans to build a memorial to all four-legged crime fighters who serve the people of Pickaway County.

Max, a German Shepard, died from at the age of 10 in July after serving in the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit for eight years. He retired from the department in 2012.

Sheriff Robert Robert Radcliff hosted a memorial service to honor Max on Thursday, during which the dog was eulogized by his longtime partner, Deputy Tracy Andrews.

"He never called in sick, he was there everyday," Andrews said. "He could be feeling bad, he would get up and go to work. He would do his job when he was called upon to do it."

Attendees to Max's service also witnessed the groundbreaking of a memorial that will honor all the county's canine unit dogs.

Max was preceded in the unit by another German Shepard named Meika. Two Belgian Malinois currently serve the Sheriff's Office, according to the Circleville Herald.

"Having those K9s gives us another tool for the drug interdiction [and] working in schools," Sheriff Radcliff said.
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