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Retired Snellville Police K-9, Euro, dies

Euro, who retired at the end of 2011, served the city of Snellville and its police department for seven years after he started working for the department at 2-years-old. (Special Photo)

Euro, who retired at the end of 2011, served the city of Snellville and its police department for seven years after he started working for the department at 2-years-old. (Special Photo)

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Snellville Police K-9 Euro lived with his handler, Officer Dennis Peters, and his family. Euro retired at the end of 2011.

One of the three original dogs that started the Snellville Police K-9 Unit has died.

Euro, who retired at the end of 2011, served the city of Snellville for seven years after he started working for the department at 2-years-old. He lived with his handler, Officer Dennis Peters, and his family.

Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said Euro was great at everything he did, from narcotics, to tracking, to apprehension.

“He could pretty much do it all,” Whitehead said. “He loved his toy, you couldn’t get it away from him, which makes him a good drug dog.”

There were several noteworthy incidents where Euro played a key role to locate or catch a criminal.

He once tracked a homicide suspect from a car lot on U.S. 78, and found a “scream mask” and hoodie that were described as being worn by the gunman. Whitehead said DNA tests matched the suspect to the mask. The gunman is serving time for another robbery, and has been indicted and awaiting trial.

Euro and Peters were also involved in the case of a grow house on Creekwood Drive in the Summit Chase subdivision. The case was linked to grow houses around the metro Atlanta area, and Euro ran secondary and confirming searches and sniffs on the vehicles and a trailer.

More than 350 plants and about 917 pounds of marijuana were found in the trailer, worth about $110,000, along with $10,000 in currency found in the house. Five arrests were made in that case.

Euro and Peters also assisted Gwinnett County Police in a home invasion investigation where Euro found one suspect who was taken into custody without incident. He also found an A.K. 47 used in the crime.

Whitehead said Euro didn’t want to retire, but Peters noticed that the had trouble with his hips.

“He’s done a lot of good work for us,” Whitehead said.