WATCH: Cocoa Police Department’s Beloved Retired 12-Year-Old K9 Cairo Passes Away
By Space Coast Daily // July 19, 2019
Cairo was assigned to Officer Brian Delos Santos, served as a state certified patrol dog
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Former Cocoa Police K9 Cairo passed away from natural causes on Wednesday at age 12. The Belgian Malinois joined the Cocoa Police Department in 2011.
Cairo was assigned to Officer Brian Delos Santos and served as a state-certified patrol dog and member of the department’s SWAT team.
Cairo retired in 2017 due to a hip injury and was noted for his high drive and motivation to work as a police dog.
His specialty to serve on the SWAT team brought an added layer of protection for SWAT officers during the execution of high-risk warrants.
During his career with Officer Delos Santos the team made countless arrests, building searches, tracks and high-risk warrants.
“Cairo was a great SWAT dog and was the perfect partner for Brian,” said Lt. Tony Marchica, who oversees the department’s K9 Unit.
“He hit hard and had a lot of drive to work. He served the city well.”
K9 Cairo stayed with Officer Delos Santos after retirement and became the family’s beloved pet.
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