Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Announces the Untimely Death of K-9 Deputy 

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the untimely passing of one of his K-9 Deputies. The Sheriff says that earlier this morning, K-9 Deputy Tosca was taken off of a ventilator at a local veterinarian hospital, following a yet  to be determined illness.  Yesterday evening Tosca’s handler, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Emily Lemmond found Tosca having what appeared to be a seizure.  Deputy Lemmond rushed Tosca to the Department’s vet, where life-saving measures were taken; eventually it was determined Tosca could not be saved.

Tosca  was a  Belgian Malinois and full service patrol dog of approximately two years of age. Tosca  had  completed extensive training in drug detection, area tracking, suspect apprehension etc.

The Sheriff says that over the course of training a K-9 Deputy and his or her handler become as one, he is requesting that the community keep Deputy Lemmond and RCSD in its thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

A necropsy is being scheduled and will hopefully determine the cause of Tosca’s death.                                                   

August 05, 2017

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