Monday, August 16, 2010


Amherst – It was announced today that Lorain County Sheriff Deputy Bob Perkins will be handling the memorial plans for Amherst Police K9 Bandit.

Bandit passed away over the weekend after a short illness. Lieutenant Joe Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department said that Bandit had recently undergone surgery to have his spleen removed. “Preliminary autopsy shows that Bandit’s stomach contorted thus causing it to die. This in turn cut off blood flow to vital organs ultimately leading to Bandit’s death. According to the treating veterinarian, this is an acute (short) process which would have taken approximately 1 hour to cause death.”

Career highlights for Bandit and his Handler Sergeant Mark Cawthon include numerous drug arrests including over 20 kilos of cocaine and over 50 pounds of marijuana. In addition there were thousands of dollars of cash and drug related property, mostly vehicles, seized as the result of Bandit’s alerts.

The above photo was taken of Sergeant Cawthon and Bandit at the memorial service for Deputy Perkins K9 Drago this last April.

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