Dayton police announced on social media that one of its K9s died suddenly while on duty early this morning with his handler Officer Robert Cleaver.
The 9-year-old dog, Phantom, was the longest-serving dog in the police department’s K9 unit. Phantom served for 7½ years.
Dayton police said that Cleaver has been on the K9 until for almost 20 years and that Phantom was his third partner.
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Phantom, the longest serving dog in our K9 Unit (7 years) Phantom was 9 yrs old & on duty with his handler Off. R. Cleaver, when he unexpectedly died. Please keep Off. Cleaver and the rest of our K9 Unit in your thoughts.#RIPPhantompic.twitter.com/j50as5CPWA