Sheriff's Drug Dog Found Dead

A drug dog responsible for the discovery of millions of dollars worth of narcotics has died.

"Ronnie" was just six years-old and served proudly with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office narcotics division since 2005.

The dog was found dead in his kennel at his handler's residence on May 2nd. The cause of death was listed as acute heart failure.

The sheriff's office says within his first two months of service, Ronnie found four kilos of cocaine and some $37,000 that belonged to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.

Ronnie was transported to the Rollins Laboratory in Raleigh for necropsy to determine cause of death and rule out the possibility of foul play.


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  • by Friend of Animals Location: Martin on May 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    I question why a 6 year old dog would just die. You rarely ever see this. I wonder how he was treated, if he was allowed sufficient exercise, what he was fed, etc. Animals in cages need plenty of clean water. They should never be left in hop t cars. They are really very fragile beings, just like we are. It is a sad and curious thing to me. I am very sorry.
  • by sarah Location: fayeteville, nc on May 19, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    how sad:(
  • by Final Curtain Call Location: J'ville on May 19, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    R.I.P. I believe the county will suffer a great loss. RIP Ronnie. :-(
  • by B.C. Citizen Location: Beaufort County on May 19, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    The Sheriff's Office has suffered a great loss.This Officer was a wonderful addition and will be missed by everyone.Hope they are able to get another dog so drugs don't make it on the streets.The Drug Unit does a great service for the people of our county and surrounding counties. Hats off to them.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    how much did ronnie get payed nothing but a bone lol
  • by To: Thomas Location: Talkn bout what? on May 18, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    What are you trying to say? Please explain yourself..Or not.
  • by Heartache Location: Washington on May 17, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    I met Ronnie several times and he was an angel and excellent officer! Please know our thoughts are with you and we've experienced a good officer downed before his time. I hope the county will continue his legacy and get another great officer with 4 legs!
  • by Dog Owner Location: Greenville on May 16, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Gone much too soon. So very sorry for your loss.
  • by thomas Location: Creswell on May 16, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Hey yall do know that washington co. sheriff office and tyrell co sheriff offices work together duh they mad a bust about 6 months ago in creswell when a couple of Mexicans got some drugs through the mail. they worked together to catch these guys with 100,000 dollars worth of pot and I think the investigators work in wash. and tyrell. and wash is alot bigger than tyrell but hey they havent done much ok
  • by Joshua Location: Fox on May 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    I just want to express how sorry I am for the loss of your partner and comrade. I know beyond what he did for the force he was also a best friend. He will be watching over you as you continue the legacy.
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