Beloved Orange County Sheriff's Department dog dies

The Orange County Sheriff's Department lost a devoted member of its unit this week.

Beloved Orange County Sheriff dog dies

Beloved Orange County Sheriff dog dies (5/11/16)

GOSHEN - The Orange County Sheriff's Department lost a devoted member of its unit this week

Keegan was a retired K-9 who served the department for almost a decade.

He retired last year and went to live with his handler, Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Yela. Yela says he had to put the dog down Tuesday because of a degenerative disease.

Yela says Keegan was an invaluable patrol dog, and putting him down was one of the toughest things he had to do.

"There's nothing like the bond of a police dog. They are with me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I've had this dog, actually, before I met my wife, so he's been a part of my life for a better part of a decade, so it was tough. It still is tough," he says.

Yela has since gotten a new K-9 named Justice to help sniff out criminals and narcotics.

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