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      Horry County drug dog dies of cancer

      Jari, a K9 officer with the15th Circuit Drug Enforcement, was euthanized last week after a long battle with cancer, and now officers are preparing to say goodbye at a memorial service.

      In 2009, Jari was diagnosed with a form of cancer, known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

      He was treated and released back to full duty.

      But, during a veterinary visit last week, a veterinarian determined the cancer had returned and spread to his throat and stomach.

      The doctor advised that the cancer was inoperable and the decision was made to euthanize Jari.

      The Surfside Police Department got Jari in 2005 and donated him to the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit in 2008.

      Agent Jeremy Brown, with Conway police, was Jari's Handler.

      During Jari's career with the DEU he was instrumental in the seizure of over $1.3 million worth of illicit drugs and financial seizures totaling over $750,000, according to agents with the DEU.

      Officers will hold a memorial service for Jari on August 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, 1000 Dennis Lyden Memorial Highway (1000 Hwy 544) in Conway.

      All of the public and law enforcement community are invited to attend the service.