CANTON, Ohio -- Jethro, a Canton Police K9 officer, died Sunday after being shot in the line of duty.
Services for Jethro will be at noon Thursday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. and Thursday would have been his birthday.
"It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro," the Canton Police Department posted on Facebook. "He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed."
Jethro was shot Saturday when officers responded to Fisher Foods for a burglary alarm. Inside the store, Jethro was shot three times by the suspect.
Jethro did not need surgery, but the shooting caused some brain trauma. According to the Police K9 Association, Jethro had trouble resting Saturday night and had to be sedated.
Jethro, draped in an American flag, was saluted by a line of officers as he was carried out of the veterinary clinic Sunday.
"We at the Canton Police Department want to thank all of you for your support over the last couple of days," the Canton Police Department posted on Facebook. "Your prayers and well wishes have meant so much."
Canton Police are accepting donations for Jethro:
Canton Police Department
Attn: K9 Unit
221 3rd St SW
Canton OH 44702
A GoFundMe account has been set up in Jethro's name, raising funds for police dog vests at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/h8xbvs8s
Thank you for your service, Jethro.