BOISE - A Boise police K9 officer died unexpectedly last week after a battle with cancer, the department announced Monday.

Dasty died Friday, November 24, after being diagnosed earlier this year.

Dasty was handled by a Boise police officer at the Boise Airport and was an explosives detection K9 owned by the TSA. The dog was undergoing treatment and was due for early retirement with his handler in Boise.

“Dasty was a happy dog who loved his job. He would even sit by the car on his days off waiting to go to work,” said Dasty’s handler, Officer Whipps. “Dasty was well loved by his airport colleagues, his family and pretty much anyone who met him.”

Police said Dasty played an important role in keeping travelers safe at the airport, responding to hundreds of call outs and special assignments.

Dasty also was often part of the security team making sure venues and special events were safe for large crowds. He worked three of the last presidential visits and went out of the state to help with other special events.

Dasty began to be called Dasty II because when he joined the airport team there was already a K9 with that name. He was a German Shepherd who was born in Germany in June 2009 and started working at the airport when he was 18 months old.