Sheriff's Department's drug-detecting dog, Jake, dies of cancer

The Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of Jake, a longtime police dog that deputies say is responsible for hundreds of drug-related arrests.

Jake, a 12-year-old Labrador, died this morning from cancer, officials said in a statement. He was assigned to Deputy Allen Barger for the past eight years.

Officials said the four-legged deputy was responsible for more than 2,000 searches, 900 arrests, and helped detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and firearms.

“Jake was a member of the Sheriff’s Department who gave his all every day to keep narcotics off the streets of our county,” Sheriff Pat Hedges said in the statement.

Barger is training a new dog, Jack, to replace Jake.