Police K-9 spent four years with department
By Kevin Schultz
Marion Police Chief
The Marion Police Department and the community of Marion are mourning the loss of the Police Department K-9 Utos.
Utos, 8, died at the Appleton Animal Hospital on Friday, Dec. 23, after being put to sleep.
On Dec. 14, Utos arrived for duty and his breathing was fast and weak. Utos was taken to the veterinarian and it was initially believed Utos had contracted blastomycosis. Utos began treatments for blastomycosis and stopped eating and still had difficulties breathing. Tests conducted showed that Utos did not have blastomycosis.
Further tests were conducted on Dec. 23 and it was found that Utos was suffering from a genetic heart condition in which the walls of his heart had eroded away and were now paper thin. Utos was in cardiac failure.
Utos’s working days were now over and it was found that he would suffer in cardiac failure until he passed away. The decision was made to have Utos put to sleep to end any further suffering.
Utos was born Dec. 15, 2008 and along with Officer Eric Krause became a certified K-9 team in 2012. Krause and Utos began working together in on Feb. 25, 2012 for the Marion Police Department.
Together the K-9 team made multiple arrests for drugs, assisted in apprehending criminals on the run and located missing children. On his final shift, K-9 Utos assisted in apprehending an attempted homicide suspect in the Clintonville area.
The Marion Police Department thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Utos and the Krause family, not only during Utos’s sickness but also in his passing.
Utos was not only a great police K-9 dog and a member of the police department family, but a member of Officer Krause’s family where he lived and spent his free time while not on duty.
A memorial is being planned and more information will be released in the near future.