Retired Genoa Twp. K9, who overcame life-threatening illness, dies suddenly

K9 Gandolf

GENOA TWP., OH (WCMH) — Retired Genoa Township Police Department K9 Gandolf died suddenly Friday night, the department announced. 

Gandolf retired in May after his career was derailed by a life-threatening illness.

He was an intense, high-energy dog until he suffered a serious intestinal condition that required surgery in 2014. Police Chief Steve Gammill said the veterinarian called the dog’s survival “a miracle.”

“When we asked the vet for a prognosis, she said ‘we don’t know, we’ve never seen another dog survive this surgery,’” Gamill said.

Gandolf did survive the surgery but was never quite the same.

He lived with his handler, Off. Jason Berner, and his family until he died.

“Gandolf was born to love, trained to serve, loyal to the end, and the best partner ever to Off. Berner-he will always be remembered,” Gammill wrote on Facebook. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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