K-9's death leaves a hole for Fla. deputy

Sudden passing of longtime partner highlights bond between working dogs and handlers


By Alex Orlando
Tampa Bay Times

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Mornings this week have been different. Empty. Pasco sheriff's Deputy Robert Wilkins hasn't gotten ready for work alone in nearly eight years.

He used to spend almost all of his waking moments shadowed by a dark figure, fluffy with pointed ears, a wet nose and deep brown eyes: Lee.

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