Bettendorf K-9 officer dies

Bettendorf’s K-9 officer, Old Dan, has died.

Old Dan was a yellow Labrador Retriever that joined the Bettendorf Police Department as a narcotics detection canine in 2005.

A spokesperson for the department said Old Dan and his handler, Lt. kent Keeshan, seized large amounts of drugs including 32.9 kilos of cocaine, 7.59 pounds of ecstacy and 543.24 pounds of marijuana.

Old Dan died May 30, 2014 after surgery to remove a 9.7-pound tumor from his spleen.

Old Dan is buried next to Bettendorf’s first K-9, Caesar, in Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport.

Old Dan’s passing leaves Bono as the one remaining full-service K-9 with the Bettendorf Police Department.   No decision had been made yet about whether the department might purchase another K-9.

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