KUNA, Idaho — A former Ada County Sheriff's Office K9 that retired from law enforcement work in 2018 has died of cancer, the sheriff's office announced Monday.
Gunner, a silver Labrador who began working in 2012, was spending his retirement as a family pet with his former handler, Initial Point High School Resource Officer Wes Bunnell.
Gunner and Bunnell worked together in Kuna from 2012 until 2017, when Bunnell became a school resource officer. At that point, Gunner spent a year working in Kuna with Deputy Keith James for a year before retiring.
"Gunner was a very distinctive-looking dog – not many silver Labrador Retrievers are selected to be K9s — and had such an engaging personality that he was a favorite for a generation of Kuna school kids," the sheriff's office wrote.
The former K9 was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma in October, and died in January.