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Retired Yakima Police K9 Dies from Spinal Tumor

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YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Police are sad to announce a retired K9 has died from a spinal tumor.

Police say veterinarians tried to prolong Brutus's life with different medications, but the disease essentially took over. He was just nine years old. 

Officers say Brutus began working with YPD Officer Bruce Rogers when he was just a nine month old puppy. He spent seven years as a YPD K9, helping with hundreds of arrests over his career. 

Officers say many jokingly called Brutus the "Devil Dog," but no matter what the situation was, he would go anywhere and do anything to protect officers, or find one or several criminals. 

The police department says K9 Brutus was a remarkable part of the unit, who was truly amazing at his job, and will be deeply missed.