K-9 Gizmo dies after medical procedure

Grays Harbor Police Dog Gizmo unexpectedly died on Wednesday, Undersheriff Rick Scott said. Gizmo was taken in for emergency surgery, but didn’t recover from a major medical event, Scott said.

Scott said that Gizmo had appeared to be fine and his death came as a shock to his handler Rob Crawford and the rest of the staff at the Sheriff’s Office. No immediate memorial is planned, Scott said.

Gizmo was 10 1/2 years old and first joined the department in the K-9 program back in 2004. He went through training with Crawford and became a certified apprehension police dog.

In eight years, Scott said Gizmo had 74 captures, including bank robbery suspects, a domestic violence shooting in Central Park and was instrumental in tracking the suspect who shot then-Trooper Scott Johnson. Gizmo was deployed more than 200 times and had more than 100 agency assists.

“To lose an asset as effective as he was is going to be a huge, huge impact for this entire region,” Scott said. “Gizmo will be sorely missed and we are grieving along with Rob and his family.”