Just 11 days into his job with the Antrim County Sheriff's Department, a K9 officer named Ori died suddenly Nov. 10, when he was struck by a car.

The German Shepard was 16 months old and had started his patrol duties for Antrim County on October 30.

According to a news release from Sheriff Daniel S. Bean, the dog and his handler were doing off-lead obedience training during an event in Kalkaska County when the dog was hit.

Ori had undergone extensive training as a dual purpose K9, which includes narcotic detection, tracking, article searching and handler protection, the release said.

The dog had already participated in a narcotics investigation and assisted in the search for a missing Alzheimer's patient.

"Ori was adjusting to new surroundings outside of kennel life and was demonstrating a potential value to law enforcement," Sheriff Bean said.

Ori was purchased and brought to the U.S. from Europe with the help of a $17,250 donation from the Community Foundation Endowment for Antrim.

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