K-9 Deputy Loses Cancer Fight

7-9-05 - A Murray County K-9 sheriff's deputy lost his battle with cancer Friday afternoon. Czar had been with the sheriff's department since he was a puppy and served the citizens of Murray County well in his eight years as a deputy.

Most of his co-workers were surprised to learn Czar unexpectedly passed away Friday due to cancer. Czar had been taken to the vet earlier this week and had to go back again Friday after he became sick. The vet found knots in his stomach and x-rays discovered cancer of the spleen. Doctors tried surgery, but it was too late to save the brave dog.

Reserve Deputy Terry Laxton had been partners with Czar for the past four years. Czar made several drug related busts over the years. A memorial will be held for him early next week at the Midway Hill Baptist Church. A flag will be given to his handler, since Czar was a certified Oklahoma police officer.