Veteran Hickory Police K9, Rony, passes away unexpectedly

K9 Rony served with the Hickory Police Department in Hickory, NC. (Credit: Hickory Police Department/Facebook).

The Hickory Police Department is mourning the unexpected passing of a veteran K9 on the force.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of K9 Rony," Hickory police posted on Facebook.

Rony had been with the department for the past five years and "was a great asset in many investigations and a true companion to his handler MPO C. Berry."