The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is mourning the death this week of its dedicated, highly-successful K9 officer named Duncan.
In 2016, K9 Duncan retired from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
She was 10-years-old and served at the Sheriff’s Department as a certified patrol, tracking and narcotics dog for eight years.
During her distinguished career with the Sheriff’s Office, she was credited with more than 300 narcotics arrests and solving more than two dozen property-related crimes.
K9 Duncan is also credited with numerous tracks where she located criminals and missing persons.
Her most memorable case involved locating a 2-year-old toddler who went missing in the Roaring Brook area of the Town of Putnam Valley. K9 Duncan tracked the child to a wooded area where Deputy Vincent Dalo heard the faint cry of a child who was then found behind a tree safe but scared.
On a Facebook post this week, the Putnam Sheriff's Department declared: "K9 Duncan, End of Watch April 3, 2018. Run Free!"
"K9 Duncan, we thank you for your service, keeping your handler safe and protecting our community.," the sheriff's department wrote.
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