"Aggressive" bone cancer claims life of beloved Rowan Sheriff's K-9 officer

"Aggressive" bone cancer claims life of beloved Rowan Sheriff's K-9 officer

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A beloved member of the Rowan County Sheriff's Office has lost a brief battle with what his handler is calling very aggressive bone cancer.

K-9 Skylar was handled by Lt. Neal Goodman.

The K-9 had developed a limp about two weeks ago, and when Lt. Goodman took him to the Vet, Skylar was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of bone cancer.

Skylar only lasted about another 7 days, until Lt. Goodman had to have him put to sleep.

"Lt. Goodman has been the head of our K-9 handler program for the last 20 years, and has been very successful with several dogs," wrote Captain John Sifford in a note to WBTV. "Of course this last incident has really hit him hard."