Canine handler Cpl. Jamie Thompson, and the entire Effingham County Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of K9 Lt. "Conan."
The much-beloved Belgian malinois passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at the age of 15. Conan, who was born and imported from Holland, was trained in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension. He was credited for helping apprehend multiple fugitives, as well as locating tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs in Effingham County.
Conan retired in 2010 after having to have major surgery to remove a large tumor from his back. He spent his retirement with the Thompson family.
“Conan could be hard headed and stubborn at times but he was loyal until the end,” Thompson said. “I know there was nothing he would not do to protect me or my family. I will always cherish the time we had together and feel truly privileged to have had him as both my partner and friend. I will forever miss him.”