November 24, 2014


Lorain County Sheriff K-9 dies at deputy’s home

Karma, a Lorain County Sheriff's Office K-9, died Thursday. PHOTO BY LORAIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Karma, a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office K-9, died Thursday. PHOTO BY LORAIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Karma, a K-9 that only had been with the force for a year, was found dead Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jack Hammond said even in her short tenure, she had become like family.

Karma was found dead from an apparent heart attack in the home of her handler, Lorain County sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Mead.

The Malawa dog  — also known as a Malinois, a variety of Belgian shepherd — was 4 years old and bought by the Sheriff’s Office a year ago as one of three police dogs used in the correctional facility, Hammond said.

She was assigned to Mead, who worked with her in the correctional facility and took care of her at his home.

“These are working dogs at work and family members at home,” Hammond said of the department’s six dogs — three of which are used in the correctional facility and three on the road.

Karma had been used to find drugs in the jail and calm down inmates.

“When inmates get a little antsy, their presence settles them down,” Hammond said.

Though the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t started plans to get another police dog yet, Hammond said Mead would be the officer to handle the next dog.


  • Otter

    So sad, RIP Karma.

  • tomfeher

    Thank you for your service, now rest in peace

  • todd


  • bigmacky

    like all passed way too soon – may you have your favorite toys/bones where ever you are

  • SweetScarlet

    That is very, very young for a heart attack. I wonder if there were other underlying issues. RIP Karma.

  • Corinne Jaenke

    breaks my heart. Sending love and warm wishes to Officer Mead his family and the LCSD!

  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    RIP Karma. May St. Frances cast his quiet presence to Officer Mead, his family and LCSD to find peace in the days ahead.

  • Roseann Laird

    So sad God Bless Karma in doggy heaven!!!

  • HowAboutThisOne?
  • Arietta Sullivan

    R.I.P. and prayers

  • John Demirjian

    Sad to lose a dog, but remember it was a dog and not a human being.