The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a K9 well-known to local students. “Bo” passed away on Monday, January 16.
The sheriff’s office shared the sad news on its Facebook page Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness, that we announce the unexpected passing of K9 ‘Bo’,” the post reads. “This is a difficult time for his owner/handler Deputy Mckinney.”
In May 2021, Bo was publicly praised by the Georgia Police K9 Foundation for locating a missing juvenile. Later that same year, in November, Bo made headlines again when he alerted his handler to the presence of drugs during a traffic stop on GA 15/US 441. Two alleged drug dealers were arrested as a result.
For all his varied assignments, perhaps Bo’s favorite job was working with his handler in his role as School Resource Officer.
“They were a great team who loved working at Rabun County Middle School,” the post says.
The sheriff’s office did not reveal how Bo died. The agency is asking the community to keep Deputy McKinney in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.