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McHenry sheriff's office mourns police dog Sage.

Byline: Steve Zalusky

The McHenry County sheriff's office is mourning the loss of its police dog Sage, officials said Friday.

Sage was scheduled to retire in June; however, he died on March 8 from medical complications, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

After graduating from training in 2010, Sage went on to have a distinguished career with his partner, Deputy Jeremy Bruketta.

"Sage made me a better person in many areas of my life. Sage was so special and unique," Bruketta said in a statement.

"He will never be replaced. He was one in a million."

Sage was trained in narcotics detection, handler and civilian protection, tracking, article searches, crowd control, area/building searches and advanced cadaver location, and he made his mark as a cadaver-locating dog in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, the release said.

Sage also used his "top-notch skills" to aid in seizures of more than of $650,000 and 11 vehicles, as well as removing more than $8 million worth of dangerous drugs off the streets of McHenry County, according to the news release, which credited Sage with tracking down 43 subjects and finding at least seven cadavers.

Sage was popular with the public, who enjoyed his appearances during demonstrations at the McHenry County Fair, local schools and other special events.

The McHenry County sheriff's office extended thanks to Animal Hospital of Woodstock for Sage's care throughout his career.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 23, 2019
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