Service held for drug dog that died of cancer

Jari's service was held Wednesday afternoon.

Jari, a K9 officer with the15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, was remembered Wednesday in a memorial service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.

Jari was euthanized last week after a long battle with cancer.

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 recent veterinary visit, officers learned the cancer had returned and spread to his throat and stomach.

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

Agent Jeremy Brown, with the Conway Police Department, was Jari's handler.

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

Members of the public and the law enforcement community attended.