Bosco, a K-9 member of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department, sits next to his handler, Sgt. Jon Guay in 2012. Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department

AUBURN – A longtime K-9 member of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department died unexpectedly Saturday evening.

The Sheriff’s Department wrote on its Facebook page Saturday that Bosco, a 10-year-old German shepherd that has been assigned to Sgt. Jon Guay since 2010, began experiencing medical issues earlier that morning.

Bosco was rushed to the emergency veterinarian, where he passed away.

“Bosco has been a tremendous asset to our agency and the citizens of Androscoggin County,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote. “K-9 Bosco, your shift here is now done. You will not be forgotten.”

The Sheriff’s Department purchased Bosco at North American K-9 Services in East Hampton, Connecticut, with money from a justice assistance grant.

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