First Fife police dog dies

The first Fife police dog has died, the department said Monday.

Yellow lab Slyder was put to sleep Friday at age 12, after his hips gave way and he was having trouble getting around, police spokesman Tom Thompson said.

Slyder was assigned to Officer Travis Kenyon in 2006, and worked with the department as a narcotics dog until he retired in 2012.

He lived with the Kenyon family in his retirement.

Kenyon and Slyder were certified as a Master Narcotic Detection Team by the Washington State Canine Association, and were part of Pierce County’s Metro K-9 group.

The pair helped seize narcotics, vehicles and currency when they worked together.

They had more than 500 narcotics finds across the state, Thompson said.