Sheriff retires canine Nero due to health issues

By Michael Ullery

April 25, 2014

MIAMI COUNTY — Sheriff Charles Cox regretfully announces that canine Nero has been retired from the Sheriff’s Office due to a recent diagnosis of liver cancer. Nero, who has been partnered with Deputy Tina Waymire for nine years, underwent surgery yesterday in Columbus to have the tumor removed. The surgery appears to be successful and will extend Nero’s life. Nero was slated to retire later this year or early next year due to age. Nero is currently 11 years old.

Due to the surgery being very expensive and the additional expense of chemotherapy treatments the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Dep. Waymire have set up a fund in which people can offer donations to assist with defraying the medical costs. Those wishing to offer donations can make them at Abbey Credit Union which has branches in Troy and Vandalia: Abbey Credit Union-Troy Abbey Credit Union-Vandalia, 1341 Wayne St., Troy, OH 45373.

The canine program at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office has been quite successful over the last two decades and that credit goes to Waymire and her tireless dedication to the canine program. Waymire and Nero have made many apprehensions and narcotics discoveries over the past nine years in addition to assisting many law enforcement agencies. They have also attended countless public relations events throughout the county. Nero will be missed by all at the Sheriff’s Office.

Plans have been in the works for several months to purchase another law enforcement canine due to Nero’s expected retirement. The canine program is a very important part of public safety and public relations in Miami County and that tradition will continue. Cox hopes to have another canine trained and in-service by August of this year