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K9 Officer Mourned in the Poconos

POCONO SUMMIT — Police in the Poconos are mourning the loss of one of their K-9 officers.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police announced the death of K-9 Niko.

Niko died Wednesday after a search for narcotics.

Officers said the dog had a terminal medical condition unrelated to the drug search.

Niko was a German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix.

Niko was born in Slovakia and trained here since he was a pup.

The K-9 started with Pocono Mountain Regional in 2010 and was involved in numerous drug seizures and fugitive apprehensions.

In 2012, a man was charged for punching Niko during a pursuit.

7 comments

  • Margaret

    If someone punch my dog in the face I would have done it back to him poor Niko you were such a beautiful dog I have a white German Shepherd and he will be 2 yrs old Rip baby

  • Curious

    Why was poor Niko out searching for drugs while he was terminally ill?
    He should have been in a cozy bed somewhere.
    Rip sweet baby πŸΎπŸ’•

    • Knows K9s

      Believe it or not these trained K9 s do not enjoy sitting at home. Ask any good dog handler or any K9 training facility . They license or the search , the find and the reward . I do not fault the officer at all for keeping Nico OTJ. RIP Nico, you’ve done your job and your community well .

  • Cathy

    Rest in peace you sweet heroic soul Niko. Run and play over the Rainbow Bridge with no pain or illness now.

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