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2 Metro police dogs die within days of each other

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Rico (left) and Jasper (right) both worked as police dogs for Las Vegas Metro police. (Source: Facebook/LVMPD) Rico (left) and Jasper (right) both worked as police dogs for Las Vegas Metro police. (Source: Facebook/LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Metro Police are mourning two police dogs that died within days of each other.

According to the department's Facebook page, Rico, a retired K-9, died on Sunday.

DuWayne Layton, Rico's handler, called the pup courageous with a soft heart.

"He helped me teach so many kids about trust, courage, kindness, responsibility and being true," Layton said in the Facebook post. "He has touched the heart[s] of kids and made an impact at every school in this valley."

Layton said Rico even became the mascot of Marc Kahre Elementary School.

About the same time, Jasper, another K-9 for the narcotics division that was nearing retirement, died because of an illness, according to another Facebook post.

Earlier this month, K-9s Xandor and Z also died. Both were retired.

Jasper worked in the Laughlin and Searchlights area of the Valley for many years, and helped seize a large amount of drugs, according to the post.

Layton spent more than half of his current 22-year Metro career with Rico by his side.

"He wasn't afraid of bad guys. He wasn't afraid of dark, scary things, yet at the same time he was gentle enough that I could let anybody pet him," Layton said.

Rico lived with Layton after the four-legged hero retired from the department about two years ago. Layton wouldn't have it any other way.

"There were those nights you had calls, and after the call, I'd come home and scratch him and hug him, and go home and hug my wife and kids, because it was my dog that brought me home," Layton said.

Officers are responsible for the K-9s costs after the dogs leave the department.

Friends of the Las Vegas Police K-9s helps with those costs.

Donations can be made here.

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