As the only bloodhound in the four-dog Ontario County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Truman spent his decade-long career tracking missing people and sniffing out hiding and fleeing criminal suspects across the county.
Deputy Joe DiMariano spent seven of those 10 years partnered with Truman, developing a unique friendship with the powerful yet affable 120-pound dog.
Their bond didn’t end with Truman’s last track as a member of the K-9 Unit last year. As he did when the pair worked together, Truman continued to live with DiMariano in Clifton Springs upon his retirement, going from the deputy's partner to his pet.
Earlier this month, the Sheriff's Office announced that Truman had passed away. It was a difficult situation for DiMariano, who was struck by the number of people in the community who reached out to express their sadness over his four-legged friend's death.
“Truman loved everybody,” DiMariano recently said while sharing stories of his companion. “He just loved life.” Read more...
Longtime member of Ontario County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit passes away: