Kingman Police Department K9 Cyrus was put down on July 16 after it was determined that he had the deadly disease brucellosis. Brucellosis is a rare, but deadly disease caused by a bacterium. It occurs worldwide and affects all kinds of dogs, and can also be transmitted from dogs to humans.
Cyrus had been having physical problems for the past several months and was not on active duty. After several visits to different veterinarians it was determined that he had the disease.
There is no guaranteed cure for this infection in dogs. As the disease is zoonotic (capable of spreading to humans), euthanasia of infected animals is recommended, as it was in Cyrus’ case.
Cyrus’ remains will be laid to rest, at a future date, with those of Amigo, who died almost 1 year ago.
While being put down Cyrus was accompanied by his handler Cpl. Bill, Fancher, his family and members of his KPD family. Cyrus began his service with KPD in October, 2015.