1st DeKalb Police canine dies at 11

By Northern Star Staff

Nick, the DeKalb Police Department’s first canine, died Saturday due to declining health, according to a Police Department news release.

The 11-year-old German shepherd was imported from Holland by Canine Associates International in 2006, according to the 2010 DeKalb Police Annual Report. Officer Thomas Reilly was the dog’s handler.

“On the morning of Sept. 20, [Nick] had steak for breakfast and his handler spent his last two hours alone with him where they played fetch and hung out in the yard,” according to police.