SE Idaho K-9s die days after retirement

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 11:40:53-05

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Law enforcement officers in southeastern Idaho are missing two of their K-9 companions who died within days of retirement.

The Idaho State Journal reported that the Idaho Falls Police Department and Bonneville County Sheriff's Office retired two long-time K-9s. Both Belgian Malinois died just days after their retirement celebrations.

Police dog Zeke, an 11-year-old explosives detection and criminal apprehension dog, died on Jan. 12 from natural causes. And 12-year-old drug detection and criminal apprehension dog Bart, with the sheriff's office, died Jan. 7 of an unforeseen medical issue.

Law enforcement officers held a retirement party for the K-9s on Dec. 30, and praised their work at that time. Both dogs went home to live with their handlers after their retirement.