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* Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 “Niko” has died following a brief illness

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The Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 “Niko” has died following a brief illness, sheriff’s Lt. Gary Faulkner said. Niko was 11 years old and was cross-trained in suspect apprehension and explosives detection. He retired from service in 2009 and remained with his handler, Deputy Craig Collins, until his death Thursday, Faulkner said. Niko began his service in 2003 as the sheriff’s office’s first explosives detection K-9.

He helped apprehend numerous felony suspects trying to flee law enforcement and was helped recover firearms, including two that were used in homicides, Faulkner said. Niko also responded to bomb threats at courthouses, state and county buildings and some casinos in Northern California, Faulkner said.

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