Antrim County, MI - Antrim County Sheriff's K9 Ori was killed during a training exercise on Friday, November 10, when he was struck by a car..
He was killed during a Kalkaska County training exercise, while his handler was working with him on off-lead obedience.
In August, Antrim County was given a $17,250 donation by the Community Foundation Endowment for Antrim to start a K9 program for the county, which partnered with Mid-Michigan Kennels to arrange K9 Ori's purchase and travel here from Europe.
On October 13, K9 Ori and his handler graduated from extensive training as a dual-purpose K9, which included narcotics detection, tracking, article searching, and handler protection. He was the first K9 for his agency, according to MLive.
In a press release, Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean said that K9 Ori was working through "his remaining puppy tendencies," but was showing "great potential for law enforcement."
He also thanked "the numerous people who contributed to the dog’s care and feeding."
During the short time that K9 Ori served with the Antrim County Sheriff's Department, he assisted in a callout for a missing Alzheimer's patient. He also assisted the Traverse Narcotics Team with locating drugs and arrests during a narcotics investigation.
Sheriff Bean said he intended to "continue our commitment to this valuable program and will be working on supporting the handler with another canine.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Antrim County Sheriff's Office in the loss of K9 Ori.