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Hero Down: Jasper County Sheriff’s Office K9 Skye Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

Jasper County, MO – Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) K9 Skye died unexpectedly on Feb. 24 after collapsing at her home.

The six-year-old bloodhound was getting ready for duty alongside her human partner, JCSO Deputy Joseph Deras, when she suddenly collapsed, the JCSO said in a press release the following day.

K9 Skye was rushed to Central Pet Care, where she was subsequently pronounced deceased.

A further examination revealed she suffered a fatal heart attack, the JCSO said.

K9 Skye joined the sheriff’s office as a puppy and had been on active duty ever since, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was trained in tracking suspects and lost persons, as well as article searches.

The JCSO honored the beloved K9 with a “last ride” ceremony from Central Pet Care in Carthage to the Joplin Human Society on Feb. 27.

Hundreds of people offered their condolences to Officer Deras and the JCSO in the wake of the agency’s announcement of K9 Skye’s tragic and unexpected death.

“My heart is breaking to hear of K9 Skye’s sudden passing,” one message read. “I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for Deputy Deras and all of you. May God surround you all with His comfort and peace.”

“Devastating news,” another person wrote. “Sending prayers for the department, the handler and the handler/k9 officer’s family.”

Many people thanked K9 Skye for her lifetime of service.

“So very sorry for your loss! Thank you for your service K9 Skye! Your brothers and sisters will take it from here!” one such comment read.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Joseph Deras in the loss of K9 Skye.

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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