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Hero Down: Sarasota County Sheriff’s K9 Bryx Dies After Lengthy Battle Against Parasitic Disease

Sarasota, FL – Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) K9 Bryx died on March 6 following a lengthy battle against a parasitic disease.

K9 Bryx was diagnosed with Leishmaniasis nearly nine years ago, WOFL reported.

The disease, which is transmitted by sand flies, is primarily found in southern Europe and areas of the tropics, according to the news outlet.

The SCSO announced the nine-year-old K9’s death in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

K9 Bryx served alongside his human partner, SCSO Deputy Chris Indico, since July of 2013.

“On Saturday, sheriff’s office K-9 Bryx was laid to rest after a nearly 9-year battle with Leishmaniasis,” the department said. “Bryx was not only a member of the sheriff’s office family but also a member of the Indico family.”

The German-born, dual-purpose K9 was trained in tracking, narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, and building and area searching.

He took home the first-place prize in the Florida Gulf Coast K9 Competition’s “Hardest Hitting Dog” category in 2019, according to his department.

“It is difficult enough to lose a pet but when your pet is your partner and protects you in one of the most dangerous professions out there, it is especially hard,” the post read. “Please keep the Indico family in your thoughts.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Indico in the loss of K9 Bryx.

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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