Roseville, CA – Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) K9 Eros died on June 6, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
“The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce the passing of K-9 Eros,” the department tweeted on Friday. “Last night, surrounded by his handler Deputy Kevin Thompson, his wife Blanca, and your Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, Eros crossed the rainbow bridge.”
The PCSO praised the veterinarians who worked with K9 Eros in the months following his devastating diagnosis.
“The wonderful veterinary teams at VCA Loomis Basin and UC Davis Veterinary Hospital worked extremely hard to diagnose Eros and to provide him with the best health care available,” the department said in a Facebook post.
K9 Eros was born in France, and served the Stockton Police Department prior to joining the PCSO in 2012.
He worked alongside his partner, Deputy Thompson, during his entire seven years with the department.
“Eros and Deputy Thompson are credited with the apprehension of many violent suspects and the seizure of vast amounts of narcotics,” the PCSO’s post read.
In January, K9 Eros was wounded during a police shootout with 48-year-old murder suspect Stanley Stepanski, KTVN reported.
Stepanski allegedly fired wildly from his moving pickup as he traveled through Newcastle and Loomis, fatally shooting 93-year-old Mary Toste and wounding another motorist driving by.
The gunman also shot K9 Eros during the gun battle that ensued, breaking the K9’s hip bone, KOVR reported.
K9 Eros made a remarkable recovery, and walked out of the veterinary hospital of his own accord just days later, according to KXTV.
He was back on patrol by March, and “was awarded a commendation on the floor of the California State Assembly by the Honorable Kevin Kiley,” the PCSO said.
“He makes the best partner,” Deputy Thompson told KTXV at the time. “He never complains, he’s super brave…[he’s the] one who has taken care of me for so many years.”
K9 Eros was also active in the Western States Police K-9 Association K-9 trial circuit, where he and Deputy Thompson won “several first-place awards in both narcotics detection and patrol scenarios,” the department said.
“Eros was truly the epitome of the K-9 units motto, ‘Invictus Fidelitas,’ which is Latin for ‘Unconquered Loyalty,’" the PCSO added. “Good boy, Eros. Good Boy.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Thompson in the loss of K9 Eros.