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Canton police mourn death of police dog Diesel

The Repository logo The Repository 4/2/2021 Cassandra Nist, The Repository
a person holding a dog: Canton Police Patrolman Trey Schilling plays with K-9 Diesel. This was Schilling's favorite photo of his partner, according to family members. © The Schilling Family Canton Police Patrolman Trey Schilling plays with K-9 Diesel. This was Schilling's favorite photo of his partner, according to family members.

CANTON – The Canton Police Department lost an integral member of its K-9 unit this week.

K-9 Diesel died from a fast growing lymphoma on Monday. It is the second police dog handled by Canton Patrolman Trey Schilling to pass away this year.

In January, Schilling's retired K-9 partner, Loco, passed away. The department purchased K-9 Diesel to replace Loco on active duty in 2015.

a man and a dog posing for the camera: Canton police officer Trey Schilling and K-9 Diesel © Joe Albert Canton police officer Trey Schilling and K-9 Diesel

Diesel was a member of the department's SWAT team and Police K-9 Association for six years. He also worked with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.

"Diesel was partner and best friend to officer Schilling," said Amy Stover Vice President of the Police K-9 Association. 

"Diesel signed on for duty up until his immediate diagnosis. A true warrior. A true hero," said Patrolman Chris Heslop, head trainer of the Canton's K-9 unit and K-9 Association president.

a person holding a dog: Canton Police Officer Schilling poses with partner, K-9 Diesel © Police K-9 Association Canton Police Officer Schilling poses with partner, K-9 Diesel

Memorial plans have not yet been announced.

The Police K-9 Association, or PK9A, supports over 40 active and retired K-9s in Ohio. Donations can be made by visiting www.policek9association.com/donate. 

Reach reporter Cassandra Nist at cnist@gannett.com. Follow on Twitter @cassienist

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