“Nitro,” sheriff’s office K-9, has died


A sheriff’s office dog that had served since 2005 had to be euthanized this week because of health issues.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s said “Nitro,” who had retired in 2010, passed away Tuesday.

“He was an integral part of the K9 team, contributing to many arrests for drugs and weapons charges. Nitro has tracked many criminals involved in bank robberies, homicides, and other dangerous felons working hard to keep Charleston County safe,” Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jim Brady said.

He said Nitro was a loyal and faithful companion to Sergeant James Brennan and his family, and was very much loved by the family. Upon his passing, the Consolidated Dispatch Center announced “All units stand by: End Tour of Duty K9 Nitro, Rest in Peace Warrior” A piercing silence followed, Brady said.

The sheriff’s office K9 unit comprises of two supervisors, six deputies and 12 dogs capable of scent tracking, article searches, and narcotics and explosive detection, he said.