Akron K9 officer loses battle with cancer

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron Police Department dealing with the loss of a beloved K9 member.

The police dog, Shane, lost her battle with cancer Monday. Shane was recently diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer.

Shane was a five-year-old German Shepherd who joined the police department in December of 2008. Shane worked alongside her handler, Officer Darren McConnell.

Although her career was cut short, Shane made a huge impact helping officers bring violent criminals to justice. In her two and half year career, Shane had over 750 callouts. She is credited with 246 arrests, 127 which were felonies. Shane nabbed 14 robbers, 59 burglars and was involved in 82 drug related arrests. In all of Shane's arrests, only one person decided to take a chance and run from her. He was wanted for armed robbery. Shane made the apprehension in less than thirty yards. Shane has earned three Chief's commendations for her work on the streets and most recently placed 2nd in the "Top Dog" K9 competition held in downtown Akron's Lock 3 Park. Shane has also performed numerous K9 demonstrations for the public. Shane's skills will be greatly missed.

Officer Darren McConnell and the rest of the K9 Unit would like to sincerely thank the Copley Feed and Supply Company for their generous donation that was used to purchase Shane.

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