YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Police Department is mourning the loss of one its K-9 units.
Ninja was euthanized over the weekend after developing kidney problems recently. The police dog, who joined the force in 2007, was about to be retired when his health began to deteriorate.
Chief Robin Lees said the veterinarian taking care of Ninja recommended that he be put down. His handler and partner was Officer Michael Anderson.
WKBN 27 First News first met Ninja in December during a report on the department’s addition of three new K-9 units. Ninja was one of the department’s first K-9 units.
Each member of the team completed a six-week training program before they hits the streets.
Ninja’s death leaves four other K-9 teams on the Youngstown Police Department.