Retired Hillsboro K-9 dies, remembered as department's best
A dog who spent six years as a Hillsboro Police K-9 died this week, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Riley, a 15-year-old mix-breed, died on Nov. 9, according to the department. Riley served as a narcotics K-9 with the department for 6 years before he retired in 2014.
"A dog known for his love of barking and food, he will forever be remembered as one of Hillsboro Police Department's best canines," Hillsboro Police said in a statement.
Originally adopted from the Humane Society in La Grande, Riley was a narcotics detection dog in Washington before coming to Hillsboro. Riley was trained to detect heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.
"During his tenure with Hillsboro Police, K9 Riley successfully located drugs or items contaminated with the odor of drugs, hundreds if not thousands of times and his keen sense of smell was always rewarded with a chance to play with his beloved ball," police said.
Riley retired from the department at age 11. According to Hillsboro Police, the dog spent his retirement in comfort, living with his former police partner, Hillsboro Police Officer Mark Vertner.
"Long naps, long walks, and playing with his ball were daily occurrences," police said, "and if we know Riley and his sense of smell, you can bet he enjoyed his share of treats as well!"