K9 Tango

K9 Tango

Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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K9 Tango was humanely euthanized after extensive damage to his kidneys from ethylene glycol poisoning.

On June 15th, K9 Tango had become lethargic and had lost ten pounds since his last veterinary visit. With no other symptoms, bloodwork was drawn and showed no infections. Exploratory surgery showed chronically damaged kidneys, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

An autopsy revealed kidney deterioration due to poisoning. The ethylene glycol poisoning (anti freeze) most likely occurred weeks before at a low dose but high enough to cause irreversible kidney damage.

The investigation is ongoing.

K9 Tango was five 1/2 years old and served with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office for four years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour 4 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins
  • Incident Date Monday, June 15, 2020
  • Weapon Toxic chemicals
  • Offender Ongoing investigation


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Hands down the most talented and good natured K9 I’ve ever been around. You’re still missed by your coworkers and handler. Hopefully one day your killer will be brought to justice. Rest easy buddy.

Wally Ritter
Grayson County S.O. (Edmonson S.O. 2013-2022)

April 5, 2023

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