Grand Traverse County K-9, Yogi, Dies of Illness

County Loses Two K-9 Officers This Year

Yogi (left) and Janusz (right)

Yogi (left) and Janusz (right)

Deputy Matt Jerome’s K-9 partner, Yogi, died of an illness on Monday, May 26th. Yogi was a narcotics and tracking dog imported from the country of Poland. He was purchased by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office in October 2008. He was assigned to Deputy Jerome and lived with his family. He always gave his best and enjoyed the job that he was asked to do. No news yet about how soon Deputy Jerome might start training with a new K-9 partner.

Each Grand Traverse K-9 Officer has a "trading card" of their own with their information on it. They are often handed out during the Cherry Festival parade as well as other community events and demonstrations.

Each Grand Traverse K-9 Officer has a “trading card” of their own with their information on it. They are often handed out during the Cherry Festival parade as well as other community events and demonstrations.

Earlier in the year, Deputy Derek Morton also lost his K-9 partner, Janusz, due to a fatal twisted intestine. Deputy Morton’s new partner Janke is a Shepherd from Poland and went through training school with Deputy Morton in April.

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