Spokane Police officer mourns the loss of his K9 companion, Leo

K9 Leo

SPOKANE, Wash. — With heavy hearts, the Spokane Police Department said goodbye to one of their K9 companions on Wednesday.

Leonidas (Leo) began his career with the Police Department’s K9 Unit in 2008. He died at home this week from what appeared to be a heart attack, his handler said in a post to Facebook.

In a heartfelt letter, Leo’s handler Officer Craig went into detail about their adventures together in Leo’s nine years on the streets.

According to Officer Craig, Leo was even popular with the ‘bad guys.’ In one instance, he recalled when a guy who Leo had captured multiple times over the years told Officer Craig he planned to name is first born child after the dog.

You can read the full letter below: