Mayes County Sheriff Office's deputy K9 found dead

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Updated: 11/13/2012 9:06 am Published: 11/12/2012 1:51 pm

The Mayes County Sheriff's Office said Monday evening they found their missing K9 officer dead in Strang, OK.

"It's very sad," Max’s handler and partner Deputy Travis Fleming told FOX23.

Max had been missing since Sunday afternoon.  Fleming told FOX23

someone called the sheriff's office and reported an animal lying in the roadway. Max was

found dead alongside a road in Strang on Monday night. Fleming said they do not know the cause of death at this time.

The Mayes County Sheriff’s Office reported 9-year-old black Labrador retriever, Max, missing around 3:30 p.m. on November 11th in Strang, OK. 

Fleming said he put Max in his outdoor kennel around 6 a.m. Sunday. Fleming said he discovered the dog was gone around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“The kennel latch was unlocked, the door was closed and Max was gone,” said Fleming.

On Sunday night deputies and residents searched the area for Max.

“We had several deputies come in on their off time and help look for him.” Fleming said that he and other deputies searched miles of county roads and knocked on neighbors’ doors. “I continued to look for him past dark and into the night, but we didn’t find anything.”

The Mayes County Undersheriff, Albert McKee, said that Max is the only trained narcotics dog that the Mayes County Sherriff’s Office owns.

“He’s just another officer out there trying to get drugs off of the street," said McKee.

Deputy Fleming said Max was an irreplaceable partner.

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Fireman19 - 11/14/2012 11:12 PM
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If you don't have a clue what happen keep your mouth shut! Because I searched for Max and so did the handler for 24 hours straight!!! You have no clue what that dog meant to the handler and our county!

Tahoe - 11/14/2012 8:16 AM
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A K9 outside in a pen with no security cameras and a latch with no lock

Mayor Maynot - 11/13/2012 1:56 PM
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Heck Sunday was cold rain till noon and then just plain cold until Monday. Police was supposed to be this animals friend and he put the poor animal out in the wet cold ??? What a good friend !?!?!? a smart dog will learn how to operate a simple latch. My dog does. They usually just stay inside because they are well behaved and they KNOW better. Max , sorry your handler mistreated you that way buddy.

jessd0213 - 11/13/2012 9:38 AM
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Wouldn't be surprised if the officer was just stoned & forgot to secure the latch. Even if not under the influence, he probably forgot the latch & the dog got out. Now they will blame it on an unknown subject & say that the dog was taken & killed. Hmmm just sounds fishy to me.

aleman - 11/12/2012 5:03 PM
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How the hell does a sheriff lose his K9 dog?Barney Fife must have been in charge that day.Ran off and forgot his gun too ,I bet
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