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Boise Police K9 dies after battle with cancer

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 20:33:50-05

After a short battle with cancer, Boise Police Department K9 officer Dasty has passed away. 

The black and tan German Shepherd served as an explosives detection K9 at the Boise Airport.

He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this fall and was undergoing treatment and looking forward to an early retirement with his handler when he unexpectedly passed away Friday.

“Dasty was a happy dog who loved his job. He would even sit by the car on his days off waiting to go to work,” said Dasty’s handler Officer Whipps. “Dasty was well loved by his airport colleagues, his family and pretty much anyone who met him.”

The Boise Police Department said Dasty played an important role in keeping travelers safe at the Boise Airport. They said he responded to hundreds of call outs and special assignment and was often part of the security team making sure venues and special events were safe for large crowds.

He worked three of the last presidential visits and even traveled out of the state to assist in other special events. 

Dasty was born in Germany in June of 2009 and began working at the Boise Airport when he was 18 months old after graduating from training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. 

Boise Police Department said that Dasty will be missed.