GENESEO — The Livingston County Sherriff’s Department lost an important deputy this week — K9 Gibbs, a narcotics and tracking dog with more than seven year’s service.
K9 Gibbs, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, became ill earlier this week and was diagnosed with a large mass in his abdomen. He had surgery to attempt to remove the mass and to repair his internal organs. Sadly, Sheriff Tom Dougherty said in a release, the procedures were unsuccessful, and Gibbs passed Wednesday.
Sheriff’s K9 Gibbs was partnered with Sergeant Ryan Swanson for over seven years. They were a NYS DCJS certified Patrol/Tracking and Narcotics Detection K9 team. Gibbs is credited with numerous alerts of dangerous drugs, many potentially lifesaving human tracks and searches, and was often called upon to seek out danger and clear the way for his human partners.
“He was a warrior that would fearlessly protect his handler,” Dougherty said in a release. “K9 Gibbs served his handler, the Sheriff’s Office and Livingston County with dedication. He will be missed by Sergeant Swanson, his family and fellow Deputy Sheriffs.”
Dougherty said the department would look for Board of Supervisors approval to replace Gibbs in the future.