Camden authorities mourn death of record-setting police dog

Camden County Police Lt. Zsakhiem James and his

Camden County Police Lt. Zsakhiem James and his partner Zero. They served together for eight years. Zero made a record 68 criminal apprehensions during his tenure. (Credit: Camden County Police Department)

CAMDEN - A police dog that made a state-record 68 criminal apprehensions during his career has died.

Camden County police officials say Zero died early Tuesday at home with his partner and handler, Lt. Zsakhiem James. They say the 12-year-old black Czech shepherd was the most-decorated canine officer in the state.

Zero joined the Camden Police Department in 2007, becoming the first dog on the city's force in many years, and later became the county force's first canine officer.

Officials say Zero apparently died from natural causes.

James told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that Zero's reward for catching bad guys was a 20-piece Chicken McNugget meal. He also said the dog saved lives on several occasions and could quickly transform from a tough police dog to a cuddly, kid-friendly dog.

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