HICKORY, N.C. — Rony, a K9 with the Hickory Police Department has passed.
The dog served with the department for the past year and was "a great asset in many investigations and a true companion to his handler," Hickory Police's release said.
According to Hickory Police, Rony's death was unexpected -- they did not list the cause of death in the release.
The Hickory community showing an outpouring of love and support on the post, mourning the loss of the public-servant canine.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of K9 Rony," Hickory Police said in a statement, adding, "He will be greatly missed!"