Officer Belew and K-9 Mako | Courtesy of Ashton Police Department
ASHTON — The Ashton Police Department said goodbye to one of their own Wednesday evening.
“It was with great sadness (that) on Oct. 25, the Ashton Police Department laid to rest drug-detection K-9 Mako,” Police Chief Greg Griffel told EastIdahoNews.com in a written statement.
Mako had been diagnosed with a large tumor at the back of his throat about a month ago, according to Griffel. He also had “a number of tumors” in his lungs. The decision was made to humanely euthanize him.
Mako began his police career with the St. Anthony Police Department. He then served with the Soda Springs Police Department and finally the Ashton Police Department since 2020, according to Griffel. Although his location changed, his handler did not.
“Mako faithfully spent his entire career with handler Officer Greg Belew,” Griffel said.
Belew and Mako visit a local school. | Courtesy of Fremont County Emergency Management
“Mako visited many schools, libraries, scout groups, 4H camps, senior centers, parades and celebrations,” Griffel said.
He was reportedly capable of destroying the back seat of a police vehicle “in record time.” Mako also performed his drug-detection duties “with great gusto and precision.”
“He will be missed immensely by our department and his family,” Griffel said. “Mako was proof dogs truly are man’s best friend.”
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