On Saturday, February 2nd, retired Placer County Sheriff’s Canine Handler Ron Skellenger and his family lost his canine partner, Brixx. He was just short of his 14th birthday. Brixx and Ron served Placer County with distinction when they became partners in September 1997.

They left service together in October of 2004. During their service together, the handler/K9 team participated in canine demonstrations and educational events, searched for lost persons and arrested hiding criminals.  They were deployment statistical leaders during many of their years of service.

One of  Brixx’ more memorable K-9 arrests came when he found one of two outstanding vehicle theft suspects, while looking for a place to take his break. The bad guy ended up screaming while Brixx ended up standing on the bad guys back!

We are saddened to hear of Brixx’ passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Ron, his wife Vickie and their boys. We know they will miss their partner, family member and friend.