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Sheriff's office mourns unexpected death of K9

FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA – The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is mourning the unexpected death of one of their K9s.

On Wednesday, K9 Sasha passed away from an unexpected medical condition while being boarded at a local veterinarian’s office, according to the sheriff’s office.

The 5-year-old German Shepherd, began serving the county back in 2018 after being donated to the sheriff's office by Erich Grasso of Grasso Dog Training and Shepherds in Shelton, Connecticut.

This connection was made through a grant with K9s United of Jacksonville, Florida.

Sasha specialized in narcotics detection and tracking and came from a line of working dogs.

Her father was a patrol dog with the New York City Police Department and her sister was a bomb detection dog with the National Basketball Association.

Throughout her years of service, K9 Sasha assisted with numerous arrests and thousands of dollars’ worth of narcotics being seized from the community.

She successfully tracked and located many critically missing persons, as well as fleeing criminals.

“Sasha may have been smaller than other working dogs, but she was mighty in her impact. The unexpected loss of Sasha hurts this office of the sheriff family. Please keep her handlers, Deputy Patterson and Deputy Alejandro, as well as her human mama, Audrey, and her human sisters, Teagan and Dani, in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time,” the sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

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