K-9 Griffen, a seven-year-old Chula Vista police dog, passed away Saturday by the side of his handler, the officer's family, and other members of the K-9 unit, police confirmed.
“It is with heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss that the Chula Vista Police Department says goodbye to Chula Vista Police Dog, K-9 Griffen,” the department said Monday.
Griffen suffered from an unexpected medical condition, the agency said.
During his time with police, Griffen helped patrol Chula Vista streets and spent much of his career working through the night to support the patrol division.
“Griffen will be remembered as a valued member of the Chula Vista Police Department and a loyal and loving partner,” the statement said.
Griffen was well known in the community and was a frequent guest at community events and public demonstrations.
“On behalf of all the women and men at the Chula Vista Police Department, Thank You Griffen for your service, you will be missed,” the statement finished.