Sarasota County K9 retires after nearly 8 years

Source: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A K9 with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has retired after serving the community for nearly eight years.

Source: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.


K9 Hiro was born in Slovakia, and started training with Deputy Kevin Skau in Sarasota County back in October of 2009.

During his time with the sheriff’s office, Hiro was deployed 1,278 times to help during area searches, building searches and narcotics “sniffs.”

Throughout his career, he located 102 subjects, including criminal suspects and missing persons.

In November of 2016, K9 Hiro and Deputy Skau were recognized as sheriff’s office employees of the month. Hiro was also recognized during the National Police Canine Association Narcotic Detection Trials.

Hiro will now spend retired life with the Skau family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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