Retired Janesville police K-9 dies

Retired Janesville police K-9 dies

A retired Janesville police K-9 has died after battling health problems.

Karo was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May after his inability to certify in some of his agility functions. His spinal stenosis involves the pinching of the nerves in his lower spine causing a lack of feeling in his rear legs.

In September, Karo’s handler, Officer Glen Hageman, felt the 9-year-old could no longer physically do his job and Karo retired. Police said Karo’s health rapidly deteriorated and he died Tuesday surrounded by his family.

Karo and Hageman were partners since May 2008. Karo remained a part of Hageman’s household after he retired.

Janesville police and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office escorted Karo to a veterinarian on Tuesday. They paid their respects to Karo before he died.