The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is sad to report the death of Canine Deputy Drago. Drago and his handler were on a training exercise on June 14, 2022 when Drago suffered a heat-related injury. He was immediately transported to a veterinarian clinic for treatment. Drago was stabilized and began to show signs of recovery.
Drago was released to go home with his handler. Unfortunately, when his handler was checking on him throughout the evening it was discovered Drago had passed away.
In a statement, Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “It really hurts to lose a member of the CCSO family. Drago was one of our most senior Canine Deputies and his loss will be felt within our K9 program and our CCSO family.”
Drago had served with CCSO since November of 2017.