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UPDATE: City police department loses canine Benno

Public tribute planned for Thursday

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Bellefontaine Police Department K-9 officer Benno sniffs a vehicle for drugs during a July 15, 2009, search of a city residence, while Officer Chris Marlow looks on. Benno died following a brief illness, Chief Brandon Standley reported Saturday. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Benno, one of the Bellefontaine Police Department’s multi-purpose police dogs, has died after a brief illness, Chief Brandon Standley reported Saturday morning.

The Belgian Malinois had been in service for eight years and was involved in numerous drug interdiction and police actions.

He was receiving treatment for the past three days after he became ill and quit eating.

He died at the home of his handler, Officer Chris Marlow.

The department, which provides canine resources to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Highway State Patrol and other county law enforcement, now has just one canine, Toby, who works with Officer Scott Stewart.

The dogs are trained to help in searches for missing people, felony apprehensions and drug detection.

A public tribute has been set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Mary Rutan Park's shelter house 4.

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