Sad news from the Racine Police Department: K9 Cheeto has passed away

RACINE -- Some sad news from the Racine Police Department -- K9 "Cheeto" has passed away.

K9 Cheeto and Mark Sorensen

Racine police say it happened on Tuesday morning, July 7th.

Racine Police Investigator Mark Sorensen discovered his partner had passed at his home.

K9 Cheeto was not ill. His cause of death is presumed to be natural.

The K9 officer had a physical examination recently, and nothing significant was discovered.

K9 Cheeto served the Racine community since 2006. He was scheduled to retire in November.

Cheeto was trained at Alabama Canine before he hit the streets of Racine. K9 Cheeto served in the "Street Crimes Unit."

In a statement, Racine police said: "K9 Cheeto was a valued member of our family, and will be missed."