EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -- A search and rescue team in Colorado is mourning the loss of one of its "beloved and valuable" members of the K-9 team.
Bull Dozer, also known as Dozer, worked with theEl Paso County Search and Rescue team for the last 10 years.
The dog was 12 years old when he died from cancer Sunday.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office described Dozer as "an awesome friend and family member."
The search and rescue team said Dozer "rescued himself from an abusive home," which made Dozer take some time to trust his new family.
According to the team, Dozer did not quit. He loved searching and would pull his partner, Tom, through anything to stay on a scent.
They said they will miss his "slobbery kisses and his howls 'Hello.'"
@epcsar lost an awesome friend and family member today due to cancer. Dozer was 12 and has been our K9 for 10 yrs. Lots of missions, hours of training, and good ole slobbery kisses. We will miss you dear friend. #RIPDozer pic.twitter.com/P4gDvuby7T
— EPCSheriff (@EPCSheriff) October 14, 2019
This story was originally published by Brenda Argueta at KOAA.