Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen announced Tuesday that K-9 Benny was put down shortly after 8 a.m. at Brown Creek Animal Hospital.
“Benny was a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois handled by K-9 Officer Sgt. Donald Jenks,” the sheriff said. “Benny had been part of our organization since 2006. He was diagnosed with untreatable bone cancer just two weeks ago. His condition had gone down rapidly since then. He actually worked Monday because he ‘wanted to go’ when Sgt. Jenks left home that morning. Though medicated and still in some discomfort, Benny wanted to go to work.”
Sheriff Allen said that Benny had a very successful K-9 career. “He located illegal drugs and retrieved evidence on hundreds of occasions,” he said. “He tracked down both bad guys and lost persons. He apprehended fleeing felons and protected his handler. No one ever outran Benny. But he was gentle with children and loved them and the family he lived with. Had he not gotten sick he was scheduled to retire next year. I am very proud to have had him as part of our organization. He will be deeply missed.”
The Anson County flag will fly at half-staff throughout the rest of the week in honor of Benny.
Sheriff Allen said that he would immediately begin raising funds to help replace Benny. A K-9 trained at the level Benny was will cost between $10,000-$12,000. Individuals or businesses interested in making donations to the K-9 fund should contact Sheriff Allen at 704-694-4188.