Retired K-9 Hunter passes away after brief illness

He suffered from a brief illness, deputies say
Retired K-9 Hunter passes away after brief illness

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says it has lost one of its retired K-9 deputies.

K-9 Hunter passed away after a brief illness, deputies say. After more than 26 years, Deputy Jay O’Neil retired in December. His partner, K-9 Hunter, retired at that time as well.

The Sheriff’s Office says it is grateful for Hunter’s service to the community. K-9 Hunter assisted other police agencies with special events, helped locate illegal drugs, and responded on a variety of other calls.

O’Neil had been with the sheriff’s office since 1996. He had three different K-9 partners during that time, including Hunter.

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