Iozo, a German shepherd that had a distinguished career with the Cheektowaga Police Department, has died, the department announced today.
The 11-year-old dog, whose full name was Kolozsvar-Melleki-Jazzy-Iozo, died Wednesday. He had retired from active duty in 2012 and spent his retirement at the home of his partner, Officer John Doskocz.
Born July 6, 2002, in Budapest, Hungary, Iozo joined the department in May 2004. He assisted in hundreds of narcotics and patrol-related calls, as well as search warrants that led to the confiscation of millions of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs and the arrests of drug dealers.
Iozo was responsible for the seizure of more than 695 pounds of marijuana from the Afro Dogs Motorcycle Club, as well as tracking down a man who was convicted of violent home invasions against elderly town residents in 2005 and 2006.