FRONT ROYAL, Va. - We have some sad news coming out from the Front Royal Police Department.
Their K-9 named Boone passed away on Monday, just two days after his 12th birthday, from an illness.
Police say Boone and his handler Sergeant J.B. Courtney have been partners since June 2007. Together, they have over 400 documented seizures of illegal drugs and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations in the area for schools and local organizations.
K-9 Boone served for a total of 11 years and also provided support for the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies.
"Boone was a beast, just a great dog. It's a huge, it's a devastating loss to the agency," said Chief Kahle Magalis, Front Royal Police Department.
K-9 Boone and Sergeant J.B. Courtney were the first K-9 team for Front Royal Police.