Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office mourns passing of K-9 Deputy Zorro

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) shared the sad news Friday that Zorro, a K-9 deputy who served our community for 7 years, has passed away. (Images: HCSO, WTVC)

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) shared the sad news Friday that a K-9 deputy who served our community for 7 years has passed away.

Sheriff Jim Hammond says K-9 Deputy Zorro died on Sunday, February 10th.

Zorro was born in 2007, and began his career with the sheriff's office a year later. He was trained in criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, and detecting narcotics.

The HCSO says he also helped the federal Postal Service on several occasions by searching suspicious packages, leading to narcotics and money seizures.

Zorro was credited with helping federal, state, and local law enforcement on catching numerous suspects and countless narcotics seizures, which the HCSO says ultimately led to successful state and federal prosecutions.

Zorro retired in 2015, and lived out the rest of his life with his handler and their family as a cherished friend and treasured companion.

The HCSO is proud of Zorro and his service to our community.

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