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K9 Officer Kinni passes away following surgery: Yates Sheriff’s Office mourns loss

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K9 Kinni, a valued member of the Yates County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), sadly passed away on August 16, 2023, following emergency surgery.


The 13-year-old Shepherd/Malinois mix, who had performed a K9 demonstration at a local school that same morning, suddenly fell ill in the afternoon.

Despite the efforts of Eastview Veterinary Clinic, Kinni succumbed to cardiac arrest during the procedure. Serving alongside Deputy Brandon Jensen for nearly 12 years, Kinni was instrumental in numerous operations, ranging from narcotic cases to search and rescue missions. He joined the sheriff’s office through a donation from the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Sheriff Ron Spike spoke highly of the unit, emphasizing their crucial role not only in Yates County but also in the broader Finger Lakes region. “Kinni was a tremendous asset to our team,” Sheriff Spike said. “His dedication to public service and the bond he shared with Deputy Jensen and the community will be deeply missed. We honor his service and mourn his loss.”



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