This weekend, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office experienced a loss within their law enforcement force.
In a Facebook post, the MCSO stated with heavy hearts, the passing of K9 Goku.
According to the post, K9 Goku served Madison County alongside his partner, Deputy Bol, for five years until Goku's medical retirement in 2019.
The narcotics canine passed away on Thursday, April 1, after becoming sick earlier that week on Monday.
An imported nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, Goku was a certified in narcotics detection and was trained, tested and certified in the detection of illegal narcotics including; heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.
Goku served the Madison County Sheriff’s Office since 2014 after being trained at the Little Rock K9 Academy in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and held narcotics certifications from the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA).
"Deputy Bol and Goku, with their combined talents and experience, were responsible for the seizure of illegal narcotics and monies used for drug trafficking from the streets of Madison County," the post read. "Together, Deputy Bol and K9 Goku were responsible for numerous drug arrests during their time partnered together as handler and K9."
During K9 Goku’s career, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, he quickly proved himself as a proficient narcotics detection K9.
"Goku is credited with making a significant and positive impact on the citizens of our community by removing dangerous and illegal narcotics from the streets of Madison County," the tribute read. "Deputy Bol and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Dr. Michael Putnam, D.V.M and the caring staff at Richmond Veterinary Clinic for their numerous years of providing expert and compassionate care to K9 Goku."
During this time, the sheriff's office asked community to keep Deputy Bol and his family in their prayers as they grieve the loss of Goku.
Already, the Facebook post has more than 70 comments from Madison Countians offering their condolences and thanks to Goku, and his partner, Deputy Bol.