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Hero Down: Carrollton Police Department K9 Kilo Dies Unexpectedly

Carrollton, GA – Carrollton Police Department (CPD) K9 Kilo died unexpectedly on April 10, according to his department.

The CPD confirmed the beloved K9’s death in a press release the following day.

His exact cause of death was not released.

“Our sweet, sweet Kilo crossed the rainbow bridge Monday, April 10th, 2023,” the CPD said.

K9 Kilo was born in July of 2013 and joined the police department the following year.

“We’ve been in love ever since,” the CPD said.

K9 Kilo served his community for the next nine years, the last four of which he spent alongside his human partner, CPD Corporal Will Awalt.

The tracking and narcotics K9 assisted in more than 200 arrests during his career.

He also had more than 500 deployments, including offender tracking, drug tracking, locating missing children, and other agency assists.

K9 Kilo was a decorated police dog who took home the third-place prize in the narcotics detection category of the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association competition.

The police department said the active K9 loved to work and play.

“The bond between a dog and its best friend is unbreakable and eternal,” the CPD said. “Kilo is already missed so much. He and Awalt were the best of friends. The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”

Well over 100 people offered their condolences to the CPD and Cpl. Awalt in the wake of the department’s announcement.

“My deepest condolences to the CPD family and Corporal Awalt,” one person wrote. “I was lucky enough to watch Kilo work, and he was a special dog for sure.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with his handler. I know this is a difficult time for everyone who loved this awesome baby,” another message read.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carrollton Police Department and Cpl. Awalt in the loss of K9 Kilo.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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