Mason County Sheriff’s Office Mourning Unexpected Loss of K-9 Cash

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole says K-9 Cash passed away unexpectedly late Monday afternoon.

Sheriff Cole says Cash worked this past holiday weekend with his handler during what they say would was considered a routine weekend.

Cash was found dead in his kennel by his handler just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Eight-year-old Cash had been a member of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office since 2013 and had plans to retire in 2020.

During his time with the sheriff’s office, Cash received international recognition after tracking a 4-year-old autistic boy for over a mile. The boy befriended Cash, and Cash led him back to rescuers. Because of his work that day, Cash earned the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers Life Saving Award.

Cash has also helped track and capture a wanted fugitive following a traffic stop and assault of a Manistee County deputy.

The sheriff’s office says Cash has been taken to a Ludington veterinarian to determine his cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.

The sheriff office is working to make sure that K-9 services remain available for the county until K-9 Diego is qualified to take over Cash’s duties.