Buffalo Grove police dog retired after successful cancer surgery

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A northwest suburban police dog has retired from from his department post after being diagnosed with cancer, though surgery to remove a tumor was called successful.

Saxon had served on the Buffalo Grove police force since June 2011 until the recent diagnosis, according to a statement from Buffalo Grove police.

Veterinarians successfully removed a tumor from the 5-year-old German shepherd, but the diagnosis means he won’t be able to keep working with the department, police said.

“This is a sad day for the Buffalo Grove Police Department,” Chief Steven Casstevens said in a statement. “Saxon has been a valuable and loyal part of our family.”

During his four years of service, Saxon and his handler, Officer Danielle Baron, found more than 460 kilograms of cannabis and $250,000 during narcotics searches as part of about 500 investigations, police said.

Officer Baron was recently named the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club’s Police Officer of the Year, “in part for her work with Saxon,” the statement said.

Saxon was not just a drug-sniffing dog, however, and was often called in to help other communities in locating guns, missing people and cadavers, the chief said.

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