(WBIR-Oneida) The Oneida Police Department has gone from 14 officers to 13 after the sudden passing of their K9, Jinx, last Tuesday.
"When he was born, as a little puppy, they gave him a name and he stuck with it," said handler Officer Steven Ward.
Jinx died while he was on patrol with Officer Ward. He was with the department for eight years, working on a number of tasks for the small, rural Scott County community.
"From tracking lost children to searching vehicles for narcotics and search warrants," Officer Ward described. "It's hard to get in and come to work now. I'm still used to seeing him back there."
However, the next officer to take over Jinx's role will be costly for the police department. Ward said the costs between Jinx's purchase and the future K9 are doubled.
"It's gone upwards to 10 grand for a dog, and that's a lot of money for a small department," Ward said.
Oneida Police is now looking for ways to raise that money. For an area that deals with drug busts often, having a K9 officer is vital, Ward said.
"My routine was going to work, I work evening shifts, that's when K9 officers go to work, get him out of his kennel and hit the road."