WAYNESVILLE, Missouri- The Waynesville Police Department gave notice with regret of the passing of K-9 Sgt. Oxx today, who had been previously honored for accomplishments. Oxx was the agency’s first K9 and was relieved of service in 2015.

The following was posted:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Retired K-9 Sgt. Oxx #720.

Sgt Oxx passed away early Thursday morning with Cpl Shaffer at his side. His passing comes after a lengthy battle with numerous medical issues that forced his retirement in early 2015.

Sgt. Oxx was the Waynesville Police Department’s first Canine and was purchased from the Little Rock K-9 Academy in 2009. Former Cpl / Handler Brian Moore traveled to Arkansas and obtained Oxx after a generous donation from Billy Jean Walker, which enabled the formation of our Canine Unit. Through Ms. Walker’s donation, in addition to the generous support from our community, the cost of the dog, equipment, and supplies were covered. Moore handled Sgt. Oxx until his departure from the Department in 2012, where Cpl. Shaffer then took over as handler. Cpl. Shaffer Handled Sgt. Oxx from 2012, until his retirement in 2015. Upon retirement, Sgt. Oxx resided with Cpl. Shaffer until his passing.

Throughout Sgt. Oxx’s tenure, he was responsible for hundreds of narcotic’s arrests, criminal apprehensions, and suspect tracks. Sgt. Oxx was honored with a commendation from the American Police Hall of Fame for his accomplishments during his years of service. One of the greatest accomplishments of all though, was his role in community policing. Anyone who has ever been around Sgt. Oxx knows that he had one of the best personalities, as well as one of the softest hearts of any police canine. Throughout his years, he participated in countless demonstrations for schools, churches, scouts, and other organizations and allowed hundreds of little hands to pet him and crawl all over him. It was truly amazing to see such a strong, fierce protector submit himself and give us a small glimpse of how gentle he truly was and how big of a heart he had.

Our Community and Police Department could not have asked for a better canine than Sgt. Oxx and he will be greatly missed by all.
The Police Department will hold a memorial service in the near future to honor the life and service of Sgt. Oxx. The ceremony will be open to the public and anyone wishing to pay their respects will be encouraged to come. Information will be forthcoming.

K-9 Sgt. Oxx Badge #720 – End of Watch- 09/08/2016″