K9 Windy

K9 Windy

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 25, 2019

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K9 Windy died after contracting Valley Fever while handling a tracking call in a desert area of Riverside County in May 2019.

She ingested Valley Fever fungal spores during a track and became ill. Her condition worsened and she was medically retired from the department. She passed away two weeks later as a result of the illness on July 25th, 2019.

K9 Windy had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for five years and served as a tracking bloodhound. She had a total of 50 documented finds.


  • Breed Bloodhound
  • Gender Female
  • Age 5
  • Tour 5 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins
  • Incident Date Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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My dad was a K-9 officer during WWll. He was a member of the Coast Guard during his time here before he was sent to the South Pacific in Naval Service. While he was in the US he patrolled the East Coast in Virginia with his dog/partner, a German Shepherd named Queenie. Many people did not know how close the enemy came to our shores. My dad passed away two years ago and at least once or twice a week he would speak of “his girl Queenie. We all grew up hearing of the funny adventures. Rest In Peace Gunnery Control Officer , K-9 Queenie and , of course, K-9 Windy.

Deborah Rushing
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August 15, 2019

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