Zak, the Madera County sheriff's top drug-sniffing dog, is being mourned by the department after he died recently at age 13.
The springer spaniel, born in the United Kingdom, is credited was assisting in 200 felony arrests and seizing more than $1 million in narcotics, including 4,300 grams of methamphetamine, 21,000 grams of marijuana, 1,515 grams of cocaine and 158 grams of heroin along with several vehicles and $785,000 in cash.
Zak was with the department since 2003 and worked with sheriff's Lt. Tyson Pogue. He was retired in 2012 and lived with Pogue's family.
The dog died Sept. 5. Pogue announced Zak's death in an email: "It's with great sadness that I'm letting you know that my best pal Zak passed away. I miss him terribly. I'm not ready to talk about it, but wanted to let you know."
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