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MCSO K9 Kimbo dies from ‘bloat’

Kimbo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, died suddenly from a condition known as ‘bloat’ in early May.

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a K9 named Kimbo described as “a powerhouse of a dog,” an “amazing partner,” and “the ideal police canine.” 

MCSO said Kimbo was found unresponsive in his indoor, air-conditioned kennel on May 1 during a routine check. He was taken to a veterinarian, who said the K9 had died. 

The veterinarian said Kimbo died from a combination of splenic torsion and gastric dilatation-volvulus, which is also known as bloat. 

The 4-year-old Belgian Malinois had worked with the MCSO SWAT team “numerous” times and had also assisted with patrols in districts across Maricopa County. 

MCSO says if you want help the K9 unit as they mourn the loss of Kimbo, donations can made by clicking here

All funds will be used to purchase ballistic K9 vests and fund a medical account for retired K9s.  

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