Martinez police canine dies of pneumonia

MARTINEZ, Calif.

Canto was assigned to the canine unit in 2005, when he was 2 years old, police said.

Canto was Officer Ian Leong's canine partner for six years and was responsible for numerous felony apprehensions and drug detections, police said.

Leong and Canto completed a month-long canine protection course and a narcotic detection course during their six-year partnership.

Canto also underwent specialized training in tactical deployments with a SWAT unit, police said.

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