Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Sheriff's K9 Death
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Sheriff's K9 Death
When: Date: 20130208 Time: 11:45 AM
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Victim #1: K-9 Argus
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Written by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: On February 08, 2013 around 11:45 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Argus” died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall from a height of approximately 30 feet. At the time Argus was off duty with his handler, Deputy Craig Walker, when he got out of an enclosed back yard. Deputy Walker called Argus, who responded, leaping off a nearby building he wandered up onto. It appeared Argus responded immediately to his handler’s call and was not aware of the height of the structure he was on. Argus’ injuries were immediately fatal.

Argus was a two year old German Shepherd that had been brought to the United States from Slovakia. Argus had been assigned with Deputy Walker for approximately six months prior to his death. Prior to his death Argus assisted Deputy Walker on his patrol duties in the Anderson Valley Resident Post providing handler protection duties, fugitive apprehension, drug detection, and regularly attended to the needs of the citizens they served. Argus made a recent visit to the Anderson Valley School District where the students met him and learned about the K-9 duties related to law enforcement. Argus was a big hit with the school children and all who met him.

Argus will be missed not only by his handler and immediate family, but by everyone in the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Argus will be remembered as devoted, courageous, and loyal.

The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking to obtain another K-9 to partner with Deputy Walker to meet the law enforcement needs of the citizens in Anderson Valley and surrounding areas.
Approved By: Executive Coordinator Liz Evangelatos