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Youngstown police dog euthanized after kidney failure

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One of the police department’s first police dogs had to be put down over the weekend.

Ninja, who had been on the force since 2007, had to be humanely euthanized Sunday because of complications from kidney failure.

Ninja was almost 9 years old. His handler, Patrolman Michael Anderson, said in an email Tuesday: “Not much to say except he was an awesome dog and excellent in his work as a police canine. All the way to the end I could see in his eyes that he wanted to please me but could no longer do so.”

Anderson also added that saying goodbye to his partner and friend was one of the hardest things he has had to do.

“Going to miss my canine, Ninja,” Anderson wrote.

Ninja joined the department in March 2007 and was 2 when he was paired with Anderson. Ninja was one of four dogs that joined the department that year. The only dog of the four left is Helo, who works with Patrolman Josh Kelly.

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