K-9 Blek answers last call

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nounced the pass­ing of K-9 Blek, a black Malanois/Ger­man Shep­herd mix. Blek was 4-years-old and had a distin­guished three­year ca­reer with the sher­iff’s of­fice.

K-9 Blek was play­ing ball with his han­dler Dfc. Chris Ahearn on Sept. 8 when he sud­denly col­lapsed from a seizure, the sher­iff’s of­fice said. Ahearn took K-9 Blek to a lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian, where he was sta­bi­lized and then trans­ported by the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices to an emer­gency vet­eri­nary fa­cil­ity in An­napo­lis, where he died.

“Blek is one of the type dogs every sher­iff’s of­fice or po­lice agency would love to have,” said Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann. “He was a great dog, great part­ner, and great mem­ber of our team. He was out there on the front line of the fight against drugs in Queen Anne’s County.”

K-9 Blek was a mul­ti­pur­pose dog trained in and used for drug pa­trol, con­tra­band searches, crim­i­nal ap­pre­hen­sion and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tional ap­pear­ances. Dur­ing his ca­reer, K-9 Blek per­formed 235 drug scans and as­sisted in 148 ar­rests, re­sult­ing in the seizure of $15,405 in drug money and nine ve­hi­cles.

Deputies from the agency re­mem­ber how much he en­joyed play­ing ball and his ab­so­lute love for chicken nuggets. He was a high en­ergy dog who loved to work, loved his job, and loved peo­ple, they said.

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K-9 Blek with his han­dler Dfc. Chris Ahearn

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