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Hero Down: Olmsted County Sheriff’s K9 Rajko Succumbs To Cancer

Rochester, MN – Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) K9 Rajko died on July 30 after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his department.

K9 Rajko’s partner, OCSO Sergeant Ryan Mangan, took him to see the vet about a week before his death after noticing a “significant change” in the K9’s activity level that “progressively got worse” throughout the week, the department said in a Facebook post on July 28.

The veterinarian discovered K9 Rajko was bleeding internally and took him into surgery the following day.

The sheriff’s office later confirmed the K9 was also diagnosed with terminal cancer that caused his condition to rapidly deteriorate, according to a follow-up post.

The department said it was left with “no other option but to save Rajko from further pain.”

“With tremendous sadness in our hearts, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office announces that Olmsted County K9 Deputy Rajko passed peacefully today at 11:30 AM,” the OCSO said. “Rajko was surrounded by those that love him, including his partner, Sergeant Ryan Mangan.”

K9 Rajko served the department for eight years and took home many National, State, and Regional K9 trials awards during his years of service.

“We thank Rajko and Ryan for their dedicated service to all and we share their deep sadness and pain on this difficult day,” the sheriff’s office said. “Please keep Rajko, Ryan, and their family in your hearts as Rajko runs freely across the rainbow bridge.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Mangan in the loss of K9 Rajko.

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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