The Hilliard Division of Police has lost one of its K-9 officers.
After a little less than three years of service to the community, 5-year-old Jawaak (pronounced Ja-WOK) was euthanized March 20 “due to an aggressive and untreatable brain tumor,” according to police spokeswoman Andrea Litchfield.
His handler was officer Dustin Kaiser.
“Dustin and Jawaak had a special bond like most K-9s and their handlers have,” Litchfield said. “We are supporting Dustin and his family through this difficult time.”
Police Chief Robert Fisher said Jawaak “served the Hilliard community with honor and courage as a valuable member of our HPD family.”
“K9 Jawaak and his handler, officer Kaiser, had a special bond,” Fisher said. “Officer Kaiser often described K9 Jawaak as an ‘intense’ worker, and we’re grateful for his work protecting and serving the residents of Hilliard. We ask for the public to join us in supporting officer Kaiser during this difficult time.”
Kaiser will remain a K-9 handler, but it is not certain when the division will move toward acquiring and training a new police dog, Litchfield said.
The division announced Jawaak’s death via Twitter on March 24.
Jawaak’s condition was expected to worsen, and he had no possibility of a recovery, Litchfield said.
Jawaak, a Belgian Malinois, hit the streets with Kaiser in December 2017 as the division’s third K-9 unit.
The department still has two other K-9 units: officer Matt Braden and Kane and officer Hunter Schweickart and Max.
The Hilliard Division of Police lost one of its K-9 officers over the weekend because of a brain tumor, according to the division's Twitter account.
"We're very sad to share that K9 Jawaak was put to sleep due to an aggressive and untreatable brain tumor over the weekend," the tweet said. "His condition was expected to become worse with no possibility of recovery."
Jawaak, a Belgian Malinois, was added to the division in 2017, with officer Dustin Kaiser as his handler.
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We're very sad to share that K9 Jawaak was put to sleep due to an aggressive and untreatable brain tumor over the weekend. His condition was expected to become worse with no possibility of recovery.pic.twitter.com/EFdYpjarCi— Hilliard Ohio Police (@Hilliard_Police)March 24, 2020