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Former Lynnwood, Wash. police dog loses battle with cancer

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On Thursday, May 29, KOMO 4 News reported that a police dog who worked for the Lynnwood, Wash. police department for eight years recently lost his battle with cancer. According to the Lynnwood Police Department, which issued a press release yesterday, former Lynnwood K9 "Buddy" passed away on Saturday, May 24, after a prolonged fight with cancer.

The Lynnwood Police Department stated that the police dog had retired in February and had worked for the Department from 2006 until 2014. The K9 had been partnered with Sergeant Cole Langdon and lived out his final months as a beloved member of Sergeant Langdon’s family.

Buddy was specially trained as a dual-purpose dog: he sniffed out illegal drugs and located both missing persons and hidden suspects. The police dog captured more than 200 criminals and had hundreds of narcotic finds during his career.

Sergeant Langdon and K9 Buddy were recognized as the State of Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars “Officer of the Year” in May 2010. The following month, the K9 team was recognized by KCPQ TV’s “Washington Most Wanted” as their “Officer of the Month.”

According to the Lynnwood Police Department, their K9 unit supports their patrol division with police dogs who are skilled in tracking and apprehension; assistance with evidence collection; and in narcotics support.

As a K9 team, Sergeant Langdon and Buddy conducted searches throughout Snohomish and King Counties, garnering multiple departmental awards and citations.

Sadly, cancer is a common cause of death for many dogs.

According to Dr. Luminita Sarbu of Veterinary Oncology Center, “Cancer is one of the most common geriatric diseases affecting both dogs and cats, accounting for death in 50% of dogs over 10 years of age and 32% of cats over 10 years of age. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans do and in some cases, the cancers have a similar behavior.”

Pet Cancer Awareness states that the signs of cancer can include, but are not limited to, enlarged or changing lumps; abdominal distensions; swollen lymph nodes; chronic weight loss; unexplained bleeding; cough; chronic vomiting or diarrhea; straining to urinate; oral odor; and lameness.

The Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) is working to find a cure for cancer in animals by studying the naturally occurring cancers in humans and nonhuman animals, funding research, and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology.

Donations can be made to support the Lynnwood K9 division in memory of K9 Buddy and can be mailed to 19321 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood, Wash., Attn: Lynnwood Police Officers Association (LPOA).

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