Lee County Mourns the Loss of Retired K9 Ruger


Lee County Mourns the Loss of Retired K9 Ruger

The beloved K-9 Ruger was lost, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office mourns his passing. To learn more about K-9 Ruger’s service and what happened to it, keep reading this story.

What happened to K-9 Ruger?

One of the long-serving K9s of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has died, the agency has reported. K9 Ruger died with his loved ones by his side, according to an LCSO Facebook post.

Until Ruger retired in 2019, he had worked for the LCSO since 2010. Sergeant Dan Scowden, who died in November 2020, was his partner while they were both serving.

According to the LCSO, Ruger supported thousands of searches for evading suspects, bomb searches, and public demonstrations.

The Lee County Rotary Club awarded K9 Ruger the K-9 Officer of the Year title. Ruger was honored for his service after suffering a serious injury, according to LCSO.

After his retirement, Ruger moved in with Daysi Castillo, a purchasing agent. Until his passing, he shared a home with her.

Tributes posted on social media to K-9 Ruger

James Davis 

Thank you for your service buddies….you will be missed.

Melissa Rocco

Thank you for your outstanding service, K-9 Ruger. Romp and play with Sergeant Scowden now that you are reunited. Sleep nestled in the wings of Angels.

Angela Maria

I am very sorry for your loss – Thank you for your service K9 Ruger

Cape Coral Animal Shelter & Veterinary Clinic  · 

Rest in peace, Ruger. Thank you for your service.


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