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Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office Mourns Death Of K-9 Deputy

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by Jason Lamb

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of their own.  Cody -- one of their K-9 officers -- died suddenly last week from a twisted stomach, or bloat.

The Sheriff's office said Cody, a bloodhound, particularly excelled in searches involving neighborhoods.  Even though Cody had only been on the job for about a year, the Sheriff's office said he had helped locate three people in various searches, including a 9-year-old girl.

Deputy Michael Romans, who was in charge of Cody, said he can tell Cody's death has affected the Sheriff's office's other bloodhound, Ethel, whom Romans also looks after.

The Saturday after Cody's death, Romans said he saw Ethel lying nearby Cody's Kennel in Romans' backyard.

"She had never done that before," Romans said.

Romans said beyond what Cody meant to the Sheriff's office, Cody also leaves behind a hole in his heart.

"Especially the morning times when I wake up and he sings, there's nothing like a bloodhound howl," Romans said.

Large dogs are known to get bloat or twisted stomach, but it's especially common in bloodhounds.

The Sheriff's department says it's planning a small ceremony for Cody but a date hasn't been set yet.

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