A retired Keizer Police police dog was euthanized last week.

Czar, who retired last year, was a service patrol dog handled by Officer Eric Jefferson. According to Keizer Police, the pair located and apprehended nearly 200 criminals in Keizer, throughout Marion County and as far as Lincoln County.

A press release from the department said Czar was put down due to health concerns on Friday, June 25.

“We thank Officer Jefferson and K9 Czar for their years of dedicated service to the Keizer Police Department and their community,” the release stated.

The department has two active K9 units – Axel with Officer Stephen Richardson and Bas with Officer Scott Keniston.

Czar, like most of Keizer’s police dogs through the years, was purchased with donations. He came from Adlerhorst International Inc. and arrived here Oct. 21, 2003.