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Rock County police dog Sasha was retired Tuesday by the sheriff’s office.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said goodbye to a longtime member of its agency this week.

Following more than eight years in law enforcement in Janesville and Rock County, K-9 Deputy Sasha was retired Jan. 4 by the sheriff’s office.

The 10-year-old German Shepard, originally from Slovakia, spent her entire career partnered with Deputy Nate DeBoer. Sasha often worked outside her primary assignment in the patrol division, aiding the county’s SWAT team, special investigations unit, in addition to a number of other agencies.

Having a strong nose for her work, Sasha assisted officers with traffic stops, tracked more than 150 suspects and conducted more than 600 drug-related searches throughout Rock County.

Among the highlights of the canine deputy’s career, which started in 2013:

  • In 2015, Sasha tracked an individual for over a mile after the person fled a vehicle involved in a crash. The suspect was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
  • In 2016, she protected two Edgerton Police Officers from assault by fending off a suspect.
  • In November 2018, Sasha tracked a suspected for 1.2 miles who was wanted for burglary and theft.
  • In 2019, she assisted Beloit police in tracking and locating a person suspected of shooting into a residence.

After his second day working without Sasha at his side, DeBoer told The Gazette he felt her absence immediately. “There’s probably been a dozen times, or so, where I’ve waited to hear her bark behind me,” he said.

The pair won’t be split up, however, as DeBoer purchased her from the sheriff’s office.

“It’s nice, because she’s my dog,” he said. “She’s not beholden to the sheriff’s office or anything. She gets to be a pet now.”

According to a press release, the sheriff’s office will continue working with its remaining K-9s, Camo and Jax. The hope, according to Captain Mark Thompson, is to bring another deputy onboard by the summer.

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