The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a K9 Officer, Jace. The sheriff’s office released the following statement on its Facebook page.
“It is with heavy hearts today that we report K9 Jace was put to sleep for health reasons. Yesterday afternoon, SMPSO deputies and K9 deputies from Franklin P.D., Jeanerette Marshal’s Office, and Morgan City P.D. gave K9 Jace a Hero’s Escort and his handlers were by his side to comfort him.”
“𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲. 𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝟵 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴, 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗥𝗜𝗣, 𝗞𝟵 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗲.” -𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗳 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗵
K9 Jace began his law enforcement career with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office before coming to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office three years ago. He assisted with countless arrests and was instrumental in locating narcotics many times. K9 Jace was responsible for the seizure of thousands of dollars of narcotics-related funds.
“K9 Jace helped us build our K9 Division by being one of the first additional K9s that Sheriff Blaise Smith added to the SMPSO. K9 Jace has helped build community relations by doing demos at schools, churches, and for the general public. He will be missed.” -Cpt. Chris Veillion, K9 Division
The sheriff’s office thanked K9 Jace for his loyal service.
A memorial service is being planned to honor the life and faithful service of K9 Jace after the holidays. The details will be announced to the public.