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Marion Police replacing K-9 after losing dog to brain tumor

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MARION -- Marion Police plan to add a new member to their K-9 unit, after recently losing one their beloved K-9s, Shaya.

"Unfortunately, we had to put our canine Shaya to sleep," said Marion Police Chief Dawn Tondini.

Last month, Marion Police officers said goodbye to Shaya, one of their three K-9 assistants after she suddenly grew ill due to a brain tumor.

"She was a very valuable asset to the community," said Officer Tyson Baker. "Always put a big smile on kids' faces when they got to see her and pet her, throw the ball for her."

In addition to getting involved with the community, Shaya worked alongside Baker.

"They're part of the family," Tondini said.

Shaya patrolled streets, helped with drug searches and even helped apprehend 9 suspects, including shooting, domestic violence and armed robbery suspects.

She's a partner Baker misses dearly.

"There has been a lot of support, an outpouring of support after she passed away from people," Baker said. "It is greatly appreciated, it's helped more than anybody could imagine for not only me but for my family too, my kids were obsessed with that dog."

Marion Police are in the process of filling her role again. At Monday night's Marion City Council meeting, Tondini asked for approval to purchase a new dog at a cost of $12,255.00, which covers the price of the dog and related training expenses. The council unanimously approved it.

Marion police expect to get a new K-9 from Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana in the coming months. 

Although Shaya is gone, officers said she truly left her mark.

"Even if I get another dog, it won't be the same as Shaya but certainly find another good dog, that will be a good partner as well and a good asset to out community," Baker said.

Marion police posted this note on their Facebook page for anyone looking to get involved: "After receiving so many heartfelt inquiries from caring friends, family, and community members, the Marion Police Department has established an "In Memory of K9 Shaya" fund for those who have asked. Those gifts and tributes can be sent to The Marion Police Department 1001 W Deyoung Street Marion, Illinois 62959 and in the memo note (RIP K9 Shaya). Thanks so much to everyone who has shared, posted, and responded. Your kindness and caring mean so very much to ALL of us!!!"

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