The Kenosha Sheriff’s Department released the following statement Monday morning:
Sheriff Beth is sad to announce the death of Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department canine Klaus.
Klaus became suddenly ill on November 27, 2016 and was brought to an emergency veterinarian where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding, and masses on his spleen. Klaus’ handler Deputy John Lanctot and the Department made the decision to euthanize Klaus when tests revealed more masses on his liver. Klaus died peacefully on November 28, 2016 at 12:50AM with Deputy Lanctot at his side.
Klaus was born in Germany in February of 2010 and was purchased from Tops Kennel in Grayslake Illinois. Klaus and Deputy Lanctot began training together at Tops Kennel in September of 2011 and began working as a Patrol K9 team in Kenosha County in November of 2011. Klaus faithfully served the Citizens of Kenosha County for five years.
Deputy Lanctot and Klaus were the second shift K9 patrol team for the Sheriff’s Department working primarily along the I-94 corridor. They were very active on I94 making hundreds of drug and criminal arrests. The team conducted many public demonstrations, school searches, and public relations events. The K9 team was certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association.
Klaus will be missed by the members of the Sheriff’ Department, the Kenosha County Community, and Deputy Lanctot’s family.