Byron police mourn loss of K-9 Senta

K-9 Senta (Courtesy: Byron Police Department)

Police in a Central Georgia town are mourning the passing of one of their own and one of their best friends.

The Byron Police Department announced Tuesday K-9 Senta has died. She had been with the department for ten years.

Police described Senta as "a joy to children and feared by drug dealers."

In a statement posted to the department's Facebook page, K-9 Senta's handler is quoted as stating:

"K-9 Senta was my partner and a member of my family. I cannot express the great loss we are feeling. She always made me proud, especially when she alerted with her head cocked. We knew then it was gonna be a good day. She served the Department and Community proudly as a narcotics canine and an ambassador at public demonstrations and events. She touched many lives. The outpouring of sympathy messages the Department and myself are receiving is a testament to how much she was loved and respected. Thank you all. Not a day will go by that I won't think of my partner and miss her. I Love You, Senta. "

Police said Senta passed away after a brief illness.