Editor's note: This press release was submitted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.
K-9 Ziva, a Belgian Malinios police service dog with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, died on Jan. 4 due to medical issues.
Ziva is credited with numerous significant drug finds and seizures, a variety of other finds, including firearms and evidence, as well as numerous tracks leading to the arrests of dangerous individuals.
Most recently the dog assisted another agency in locating an individual contemplating suicide in a thickly wooded area, who would not have otherwise been located or helped. Ziva is credited for saving the man's life.
"High functioning police service dogs are among the very best of the working breeds in attitude, temperament and courage. They spend so much time with their handlers and the community that we react to them more like a person, than a dog," the sheriff's office said in a press release.
"Ziva was an intelligent, energetic, hard-working and devoted police partner and companion. Everyone enjoyed her presence and she will be missed."
Following a long-standing tradition among police service dog handlers, Ziva was honored Saturday morning by a number of police dog handlers from Washtenaw County.
In its five years with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Ziva received numerous accommodations, including life saving awards and unit citations for her work on cooperative efforts in the community.