Karma, a K-9 that only had been with the force for a year, was found dead Thursday morning.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jack Hammond said even in her short tenure, she had become like family.
Karma was found dead from an apparent heart attack in the home of her handler, Lorain County sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Mead.
The Malawa dog — also known as a Malinois, a variety of Belgian shepherd — was 4 years old and bought by the Sheriff’s Office a year ago as one of three police dogs used in the correctional facility, Hammond said.
She was assigned to Mead, who worked with her in the correctional facility and took care of her at his home.
“These are working dogs at work and family members at home,” Hammond said of the department’s six dogs — three of which are used in the correctional facility and three on the road.
Karma had been used to find drugs in the jail and calm down inmates.
“When inmates get a little antsy, their presence settles them down,” Hammond said.
Though the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t started plans to get another police dog yet, Hammond said Mead would be the officer to handle the next dog.