The following is an adapted news release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office:
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office has lost one of its four-legged deputies.
Retired police service dog K-9 Cain, Deputy Dominic Guida’s partner for the past seven and a half years, died following a stroke.
Guida was by K-9 Cain’s side when Cain was euthanized on Tuesday by the Sheriff’s Office veterinarian.
"We thank K-9 Cain for all of his years of service to the Sheriff's Office and the residents of Flagler County,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said.
Cain, a 12-year-old male German Shepard, came to the Sheriff’s Office in February 2007 after he was donated by the Ginn Corporation.
Cain earned his state certifications and remained an active member of the agency’s K-9 Unit until his retirement in April 2011.
After he retired, Cain remained a beloved member of his handler’s family.
Cain was certified in criminal patrol, narcotics detection and article, building and area searches. Cain and Guida worked together since 2007, providing backup to road patrol deputies and police officers with the Bunnell and Flagler Beach Police Departments.
Cain was an ambassador for the agency and was often seen with his handler conducting demonstrations at schools and community events throughout the county.