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NC police K9 dies after surgery, remembered as hero

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K-9 officer Diego (Source: Asheville Police Dept.) K-9 officer Diego (Source: Asheville Police Dept.)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Asheville police said they are remembering one of the canine officers who passed away after having surgery to remove tumors.

K-9 Diego died on March 27 at his handler's home after serving with the Asheville Police Department since 2007.

Diego, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, was trained as a multipurpose service dog, specializing in narcotics detection, tracking, article search and criminal apprehension.

He helped find $100,000 in cash, more than 115 pounds of marijuana, 8 pounds of cocaine and a pound of methamphetamine for the department. He also helped track and locate severe criminals and missing persons.

"Diego was the epitome of a working dog," said Sgt. Dave Romick in a media release. "He loved every minute while on duty and often pouted when it was time to quit. Diego was a tenacious and dedicated member of the Asheville Police Department and loyal friend and partner to Officer Tanner Rhinehart."

Diego had surgery to remove tumors from his abdominal area and recovered from the extensive surgery, returned to work briefly before he died. Romick said an autopsy showed he died from complications of the surgery.

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