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Sheriff's office: K9 "Kash" dies of cancer

Kash, a K9 with the Warren County Sheriff's Office, died of cancer after almost a year-long battle. (Provided by the Warren County Sheriff's Office) Kash, a K9 with the Warren County Sheriff's Office, died of cancer after almost a year-long battle. (Provided by the Warren County Sheriff's Office)
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -

A K9 with the Warren County Sheriff's Office has died of cancer after almost a year-long battle, authorities announced Monday morning.

"Kash" was laid to rest Nov. 9 with his best friend and handler, Deputy Brian Lewis, by his side, sheriff's officials said in a prepared statement.

The Belgian Malinois began his career at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in 2009.

He was originally trained in the detection of prescription pills and U.S. Currency. He was the first law enforcement canine trained to detect prescription pills in the country, according to the sheriff's office.

Kash’s role and detection abilities later grew as he became certified by the state of Ohio in the tracking of persons, article detection, handler protection, criminal apprehension, and narcotic detection, sheriff's officials said.

"He was truly an all encompassing partner for our community," the prepared statement reads. "His role in doing narcotic sweeps at local schools, detention facilities, shipping facilities or roadside searches will be a great loss to our county and to the law enforcement partners who he served. For those who got to see Kash at a community event know he was always ready and available for petting by kids and adults."

The dog continued to work, even after being diagnosed with cancer, until he officially retired in July.

He spent the last few months of his life at home with Lewis.

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