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Hero Down: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Snoop Succumbs To Medical Issues

Hamilton County, IN – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) K9 Snoop died on Oct. 25 after battling multiple medical issues.

The HCSO confirmed the two-year-old German shepherd’s death in a Facebook post the following day.

“It is with great sadness the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Patrol Canine Snoop on the evening of 10/25/2022,” the post read. “Snoop had been courageously facing medical issues for the last several months, which unfortunately resulted in him succumbing to those issues last evening.”

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

K9 Snoop, who was born in the Czech Republic, was certified in narcotic detection, tracking, obedience, criminal apprehension, and area searching, the HCSO said.

He and his human partner, HCSO Deputy Patrick Traphagan, graduated from the Vohne Liche Kennels training program on Dec. 17, 2021, and had been out on patrol together ever since.

“Please keep Deputy Patrick Traphagan and our agency in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the HCSO requested.

Hundreds of people offered their condolences to the HCSO and Deputy Traphagan in response to the department’s announcement regarding the beloved K9’s tragic death.

“I am heartbroken for Deputy Traphagan and the HCSO family,” one message read. “Losing K9 Snoop at such a young age is devastating! Praying for comfort during this difficult time.”

“So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family,” another person wrote. “Snoop thank you for your years of dedicated service! So very sorry you had a rough road before you passed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Traphagan in the loss of K9 Snoop.

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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