Hamilton County Sheriff's Office K-9 put to sleep

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office K-9 put to sleep

June 28th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Hank Ritter leads his dog UBS through a training exercise demonstration at Moccasin Bend Firing Range in 2008.

Photo by Patrick Smith /Times Free Press.

UBS, a Belgian Malinois and eight-year K-9 veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, died Wednesday afternoon.

The K-9's partner, Deputy Hank Ritter, noticed UBS was feeling sick and took him to a veterinarian.

There, according to a news release, Ritter learned that UBS had cancer. The disease had spread from his liver to his pancreas.

No surgery could improve his quality of life.

At 3 p.m., Ritter told the veterinarian to put UBS to sleep.

UBS specialized in narcotics, trafficking and apprehension. He rarely took a day off.