Dare County Sheriff’s Office mourns loss of K9 Officer Diablo

Dare County Sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Barrera with his partner Diablo. [Courtesy Dare County Sheriff's Office]

Diablo, a K9 officer with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office from 2010 until his retirement last year “took his final ride this morning,” Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a Facebook post.

Diablo served with his partner, Dare County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Barrera. [Courtesy Dare County Sheriff’s Office]

Diablo was the partner of sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Barrera, whose wife called him more than “just a dog.”

“Diablo, you were bred with a job to do and you sure met the expectations. You served this county with honor and courage all the way until the end,” she said in the Facebook post. “You were tough and Dare County will never have another one like you. You were truly one of a kind.”

The sheriff’s office held a procession Monday morning to honor Diablo and his service.

Dare County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Barrera with his partner Diablo. [Courtesy Dare County Sheriff’s Office]

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