KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -- The Kronenwetter police department had to say goodbye to its K9 officer this week. Chip was the department's only K9.
He had been working in the village for about two years. Among other things, Chip was trained to search for street drugs, track down suspects who were on the run and find missing persons.
Police said on Sunday, Chip had a fever and was having a hard time breathing -- and it was determined he had Blastomycosis. Blasto is a disease caused by fungus in the soil -- that humans or animals can get by breathing it in.
Early Monday morning, a decision was made to put Chip down to end his suffering. The department has not decided whether to move forward with the K9 program in Kronenwetter.