Russiaville K9 officer dies after battling lymphoma

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RUSSIAVILLE, Ind.– A small Indiana police department said goodbye Thursday to a K9 officer.

Kayos, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, passed away Thursday afternoon. He specialized in drug sniffing, but also provided much-needed security, since the small town has only two people on its police force.

Kayos served with Deputy Town Marshal Randy VanNatter for almost his entire life. He was born in Indiana.

A few weeks ago, the K9 officer was diagnosed with lymphoma. He began receiving chemotherapy, which is quite costly. VanNatter set up an online crowdfunding page to raise funds for the medical expenses.

As of Thursday night, the page had raised just over $4,000 of the $6,000 goal. That money will go towards Kayos’ final medical expenses.

4 fast facts:

  • Kayos, 8, was born in Indiana.
  • He was diagnosed with lymphoma a few weeks ago.
  • An online fundraiser raised thousands for his medical expenses.
  • Kayos passed away Thursday night.

VanNatter estimated that Kayos helped make at least 75 arrests in his career.

Video from a previous CBS4 story below.

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