The Sedalia Police Department has announced on its Facebook page, that recently one of the department's police K9s, Gallo, passed away due to a serious medical issue.

SPD says in the post, "our hearts go out to Officer Connor, who has been Gallo's handler for Gallo's entire career. At the SPD, we are a family working to make this community a better place and we feel every loss across all members of the department. We stand behind our officers and K9s offering our deepest condolences to Officer Connor."

K9 Gallo served the SPD for nearly six years, from October 27, 2013 - August 18, 2019. Gallo worked as a drug detection dog and Officer Connor’s K9 partner.

SPD says K9 Gallo was a "wonderful part of the department and will be dearly missed."

Gallo will be honored at the Sedalia City Council Meeting on September 3, at 6:30 p.m.