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K9 Kelly retires from Ontario County Sheriff’s Office after 8 years of service

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After eight years of dedicated service to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Ontario County, K9 Kelly has officially retired.

K9 Kelly joined the Sheriff’s Office in March 2015 as the partner to then Deputy Stephen Swarthout. Throughout his years of service, Kelly has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office, taking on multiple roles including protector of Deputy Swarthout, a socialite who has spent countless hours interacting with Sheriff’s Office members and visitors, and most importantly, a trusted companion who has ensured the safety of Sgt. Swarthout.


In his eight-year career, K9 Kelly has made numerous contributions to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. He has been instrumental in locating missing persons, wanted subjects, and illegal substances, and has also played a crucial role in clearing buildings.

K9 Kelly has become an icon in the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and his retirement is bittersweet. However, he will remain with Sgt. Swarthout and his family in his retirement.

The Ontario County Office of Sheriff and Sgt. Stephen Swarthout wish K9 Kelly a happy and well-deserved retirement.

K9 Kelly and family.