Bell County K-9 killed while retrieving reward ball

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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The Bell County Sheriff's Office is remembering its K9 officer killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Mitch Williams said Deputy James Taulbee and his K-9 partner, Kane, were assisting Kentucky State Police on a search Sunday night on U.S. 25 on the Knox-Bell County line. Sheriff Williams says that Kane found drugs in the car of a man during a traffic stop.

“Kane gave a positive alert on the vehicle, indicating a controlled substance was inside.”

Police arrested Ramero Norris after finding several baggies with a clear rock substance and other drug items.

When Deputy Taulbee tried to give Kane his reward ball for making the find, the ball bounced off the dog and rolled into traffic. Kane bolted after the ball and a car hit him. Kane died en route to an animal hospital.

Williams said the department was devastated by the loss.

“We’re naturally going through a grieving process. We grieve for the K-9 unit because we build a bond with it. The bond between a K9 handler and his dog is beyond what we can comprehend.”

This is the second time in just under a decade the department has lost a K9 officer.

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