The Galt Police Department's lone dog has suffered a career-ending injury and is retiring immediately, leaving the department without any working police dogs.
Bo saw a surgeon on Wednesday for an injury to his left front leg sustained during a demonstration last weekend, according to the Galt K-9 unit. Surgery is set for Wednesday.
Bo and his handler, Officer Brian Nino, have been the sole K-9 team since Officer Kevin Tonn was killed in the line of duty in January. Tonn's dog Yaro was retired and now lives with Tonn's family.
Last week, Galt officers interested in working in the K9 unit interviewed and tested for handler positions. Appointments will be made in the coming weeks, according to Lt. Jim Uptegrove.
The department is budgeted for only two positions, and it's unclear whether Nino will continue as a K-9 handler.
Nino and Bo have been partners since 2007, shortly after Bo was purchased by the department. Bo, a Belgian malinois from the Czech Republic, was born in 2004 and was already nearing retirement.
Fundraising efforts to replace him, in fact, were being spearheaded by Tonn and the Foothills K-9 Association before his death.
Foothills K9 Association is a Sacramento-area organization that helps raise money to purchase police dogs.
Since January, it has collected enough money through donations and fundraisers to purchase one dog for the Galt department and pay for its training. The organization is close to having enough to pay for a second dog.
Bo will likely live out his retirement with Nino and his family, where he has lived for the last six years.