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Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office K9 Dies

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 17:34:32-04

Titan, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office German Shepard K9 has passed away after complications from surgery.

Titan had been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2014. He was born in Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany in 2011. Before arriving in the United States in 2013, he received his Schutzhund title.

To receive that title, a dog must possess a disposition suitable for demanding work and complete three phases of training - tracking, obedience, and protection. Few dogs are able to complete the training.

Titan was known for his high energy and loyalty. He loved going to work and searching, whether it was for drugs, contraband, evidence, or people.

Most recently, Titan help gather evidence and apprehend suspects involved in the May 6, 2015 shooting incident involving Deputy Liberatore. During the incident suspects repeatedly shot at Deputy Liberatore and his patrol car after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop.

“As a K9 handler I always knew this day would come, but it still did not make it any easier,” said Titan’s handler Deputy Dale BeCraft. “He is more than a dog, he is part of our family.”

Titan died from complications after from gastric dilatation volvulus surgery.

A memorial service was set Titan at the Sheriff’s Office at 120 Commerce Street on Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m.