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HCSO Mourns the Passing of Retired K-9 Cibo


Hamilton County, TN – On Sunday, July 30, 2023, retired Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cibo, a Belgian Malinois, passed away peacefully in the presence of two of his handlers.

Cibo began his law enforcement career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and was a multi-purpose canine trained in narcotics detection, evidence recovery, and tracking. Cibo served the HCSO and the citizens of Hamilton County honorably and faithfully from 2015 to his retirement to his handler in 2020.

During his law enforcement career, Cibo is credited with numerous seizures resulting in the recovery of pounds of Marijuana, Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Crack and MDMA, and $100,000’s of dollars of drug money. He was also instrumental many conveyance seizures and in locating numerous fleeing felons and lost or missing endangered adults and children. Throughout his career, he spent thousands of hours in training to perfect his craft.

Cibo will be remembered for his social and playful temperament and while he enjoyed being petted and interaction from all of his law enforcement family, those who knew him best knew his true love was his ball which he never had far from him.

“Our agency was blessed to have K-9 Cibo serve this county for five years and during that time, he performed a great service to both this agency and our community. Let it never be underestimated, our K-9’s play a pivotal role in our daily operations and we value their service. K-9 Cibo will be greatly missed by this agency and particularly those who had the distinct privilege to work with him and ultimately care for him throughout his well-deserved retirement,” stated Sheriff Austin Garrett.

Please join with us as we mourn HCSO K-9 Cibo’s passing and remember his service and dedication to the HCSO and the citizens of Hamilton County.

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