Death of K-9 “Jax”
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Press Release: Death of K-9 “Jax”
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Sheriff’s Administration
Written Date: August 6, 2019 Time: 1:30 PM
Incident Date: August 3, 2019 Time: 8:00 AM
Incident Location: Riverside County
Reporting Officer: Deputy Robyn Flores, Public Information Officer
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce that K-9 Jax passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2019.

On Sunday morning, K-9 Jax was transported to California Veterinarian Specialists (C.V.S) in Murrieta, for cluster seizures. K-9 Jax received the best medical care from the amazing doctors and staff but despite their best efforts, Jax’s condition deteriorated and he passed away Saturday night. 

K-9 Jax served the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for six years and he loved going to work for his prized squeaky ball. Jax was a detection canine working within the Corrections Division of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He spent his shifts searching for narcotics, cell-phones, and alcohol. Jax visited all five county Correctional Facilities on a weekly basis where he was beloved by staff members. He had developed a reputation throughout the county for his knack at locating contraband within our facilities, but also as the “Handsomest Dog in the County.”  Inmates at our facilities knew when Jax arrived, and when his loud bellowing bark echoed. Jax enjoyed his work and it showed. Jax was getting ready to retire in September on his 8th Birthday.

As many may know, a service dog for a law enforcement agency is a great tool for locating numerous items of contraband as well as apprehending criminals. Canines are an asset to not only a department, but to the public and the communities they serve as well.  It is easy to forget sometimes that the service dog and handler spend more time together than the handler’s family and the bond they develop is unbreakable.

Once again, not enough can be said for how thankful we are towards our community, Department and the staff of C.V.S. for once again providing such a high caliber of care to one of our K-9’s in the most dire of circumstances.  The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and it was a comfort to this team and Jax’s handler during this difficult time. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jax’s handler and his family during this time of mourning. We are sure that K-9 Jax and K-9 Windy are spending some time together now that they are both without pain and free to roam where they please.

Goodbye Jax, we have the watch from here.

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