BOISE, Idaho — One of the K-9 dogs with the Ada County Sheriff's Office was forced into early retirement after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
According to officials, Shock, a four-and-half-year-old German Shepard, was taken into the vet after his handler Deputy Morgan Case felt a lump on the dog's lymph nodes. The lump was found to be a tumor.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office said Shock's early retirement is "a somber situation on many levels," but now he will have as much of a "regular dog life as possible before he gets too sick."
"Shock is exceptional in both his roles as apprehension dog and as a drug-sniffing dog. He is in the prime of his career – and is just an all-around friendly and inquisitive pooch when he isn't focused on working," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
He also helped patrol deputies when needed and was the sheriff's first K-9 in the Court Services Bureau.
Deputy Case was Shock's handler since he first joined in 2017 after he was provided by a Utah company that imports potential police dogs from Europe.
Shock will now be Case's dog.
"It was also a nice lift for a lot of our employees at Barrister to get a quick visit from Shock during his daily rounds," the sheriff's office said.