Sheriff's K-9 Deputy, Yosh, Passes Away


The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office had a death in family on Tuesday.

Yosh, the 9-year-old German shepherd who helped located and capture murder suspect Lukah Chang in Pendleton, died from a sudden, unknown illness, according to the sheriff’s office.

Yosh served the department for more than a year under the supervision of his handler, Deputy Lindsey Ballard. After experiencing medical problems in 2013, Yosh retired in June to live with Ballard. He was trained to assist law enforcement personnel in locating, apprehending criminal suspects, searching for drugs and explosives, searching for lost people, locating crime scene evidence and protecting his handler.

“We thank K-9 Yosh and Deputy Ballard for their work and commitment to protecting and serving,” said Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan. “Yosh will be greatly missed.”

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