July 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Oakland County sheriff's K-9 unit member dies

Pontiac— The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has lost one of its K-9 unit members, the department said Tuesday.

Maxx, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois assigned to the narcotics enforcement team, died of natural causes, according to a news release. The dog had been with the sheriff’s office since January, when he was acquired from U.S. Customs and Bureau Protection.

“Maxx was a natural at finding and uncovering dangerous narcotics,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “He conducted many tracks and drug searches during his time with the sheriff’s office. He was an exceptional deputy and his presence will be missed by our agency.”

The sheriff’s K-9 unit has 14 dogs, which are trained in bomb detection, arson detection, narcotics detection, fugitive apprehension, tracking and property recovery. The unit recently added two Dutch shepherds named Bak and Morus.

Last year, the K-9 unit responded to 1,938 requests for police service.