Medical condition sends Polk County Sheriff's K9 Buffy to early retirement

Image by Polk County Sheriff's Office
Image by Polk County Sheriff's Office

(Fargo, ND) -- A key member of the Polk County Sheriff's Office is officially retired. Sheriff Jim Tabman has announced that K9 Buffy has performed her last patrol. 

Tabman says the Belgian Malinois and shepherd mix has been diagnosed with a medical condition. 

The sheriff says K9 Buffy was a great asset for the county during her three years of service, but says it's the best decision for the county and the dog that she retire. 

“It is very unfortunate, but Buffy has taken care of me and the residents of Polk County for the last 3 years, now it is my turn to take care of her,” said her handler Deputy Kyle Olson. 

Sheriff Tabman says Buffy participated in close to 60 calls for service.

Buffy will continue to live with Deputy Olson and his family during her retirement.