OPD announces death of acclaimed dual-purpose K9

OMAHA, Neb. - An acclaimed member of the Omaha Police Department has died. OPD announced on Sunday that service dog Bruno passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.

Officials said that Bruno began his career in February 2011 and worked over 10 years as a dual-purpose narcotics and patrol K9. He had one handler during his time in the department. After Bruno's retirement in April, he was adopted by his handler, with whom he spent his final days.

While working with OPD, Bruno was deployed over 600 times and aided in apprehending 213 suspects, according to the department. Officers said Sunday that Bruno located more than 5 lbs. of methamphetamine, 10 lbs. of heroin and 274 lbs. of marijuana during his career. He also located 38 firearms and over $815,000 in cash.

Bruno worked longer and had more apprehensions than any other dual purpose K9 in the history of OPD.