Bone cancer takes life of Sheriff’s K-9

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office lost a beloved K-9 to an aggressive bone cancer late last week.

The dog, Skylar, had to be put down Saturday following a trip to the veterinarian, officials said.

Lt. Neal Goodman has been the dog’s handler for a number of years and noticed the dog developed a limp about two weeks ago. According to the vet, Skylar would’ve only lived about seven more days. He had to be put to sleep.

Goodman has been head of the K-9 handler program for the last 20 years and has been very successful with several dogs, a statement from the Sheriff’s Office said.

This loss has really hit Goodman hard, a spokesman said.