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FCPS K9 Ivo Passes Away

Released on Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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Fort Collins Police Services is sad to share that K9 Ivo has passed away following a very brief illness.

K9 Ivo recently fell ill and underwent surgery on November 12. During the procedure, veterinarians discovered rapidly-developing and widely-spread cancer. Ivo died peacefully during surgery.

On November 13, the FCPS K9 Unit and motorcade escorted Ivo from the CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center. He was honored by Fort Collins Police Services, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State University Police, Longmont Police, UCHealth EMS staff, Poudre Fire Authority, Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital staff, and City of Fort Collins leadership.

“The bond between a handler and K9 is significant,” said Sgt. Sean Giddings, who leads the FCPS K9 Unit. “This morning's display of support from our first responder partners and CSU veterinary staff was a fitting tribute to an unforgettable dog. Though his life was short, he served our community with distinction.”

Ivo was a four-year-old Belgian Malinois who came to FCPS from Holland. He joined the agency in December 2017 as a dual-purpose K9 trained in patrol work and narcotics detection. When not working, Ivo lived at home with his handler and family.

(Photo Credits: FCPS & Kellen Bakovich/CSU)