OXNARD, Calif. - A beloved member of the Oxnard Police Department suddenly passed away due to an inoperable tumor near his heart and lungs.
K-9 Jax, a 5 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, began showing symptoms of an illness during regularly scheduled training on Jan. 17, according to Oxnard police. Jax was taken to a local veterinary hospital where medical personnel discovered a large tumor that had ruptured causing major internal bleeding.
"The tumor was bleeding, further compounding his condition, and impeding his lung function," said a statement by the Oxnard Police Department. "Surrounded by his partner/handling officer, family, and friends, Jax succumbed to his illness.
“Our K9 officers are tightly bonded with their canine partners, who work tirelessly to help protect our community. Jax will be missed by many. Please keep Jax, his handler, and their family in your thoughts during this difficult time," said Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites.
Jax began working with the Oxnard Police Department in 2013 and was known as a driven and determined K-9. Jax's most recent appearance was at the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade on the Lucy Pet Foundation float.