The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department has reported that one of their K-9 units died suddenly over the weekend.
Janusz was a 5-year-old German Shepherd that specialized in explosive detection, tracking of missing persons, article searches, criminal apprehension, and handler protection since August 2009. Janusz worked primarily in Grand Traverse County, but also assisted in surrounding counties.
Janusz' handler is Deputy Derek Morton, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office. Janusz was Deputy Morton's second K-9.
Janusz died of an illness on Saturday Jan. 25.
"It's a big void at the sheriff's office that we'll be soaking in his his loss for a while," said Capt. Chris Clark.
Officials say the cost for purchasing a dog like Janusz, along with training him and his handler is between $12-thousand and $14-thousand.