Updated: Dec 2, 2021; Updated: Dec 2, 2021 9:36 a.m.
In this 2015 photo, Alton Police Officer Brian Brenner works with his canine partner Kenzo at Roxana High School. Kenzo retired in 2019 and was put down this week for health reasons.
ALTON – Alton Police have said goodbye to retired police dog Kenzo.
According to Alton Police, Kenzo was put to sleep on Tuesday for health reasons. Kenzo’s handler and “Dad,” Detective Brian Brenner, were at his side, along with current and former Alton and Metro-East K9 cops.
Kenzo joined the Alton Police Department on April 9, 2012 and served both the city and surrounding communities through July 22, 2019.
According to Alton Police, Kenzo took part in “countless” police missions, training courses and presentations in schools or communities.
Upon retirement, Kenzo joined the Brenner family full-time.
Ron DeBrock is a 40-year-old journalist who has directed publications in Illinois, Arkansas, and Missouri. He joined The Telegraph in Alton in 2019 as Editor-in-Chief.