WGVA 106.3FM 1240AMMix 98.5101.7 The WallWFLR Finger Lakes Country Classic Hits 99.3The Lake 100.1/104.5 WAUB 96.3FM 1590AM

Sheriff Announces Untimely Passing of Yates K9 Deputy Kinni


The Yates County Sheriff’s Office is in mourning after the untimely passing of K9 Kinni on August 16th.

Kinni was a Shepherd/Malinois Mix and was Deputy Brandon Jensen’s partner for more than 11 years. Although he was 13-years-old, Kinni was an active member of the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Ron Spike said Kinni took part in a K9 demonstration at a local school on the morning of his passing and was loved by the kids. Kinni untimely became ill in the afternoon, and Deputy Jensen took his partner to Eastview Veterinary Clinic, where he underwent emergency surgery and regretfully, died during the operation of cardiac arrest.

Sheriff Spike added his department is thankful to the staff at Eastview for their lifesaving efforts.

Photo: Yates County Sheriff’s Office (Facebook)

Kinni was a faithful K9 member of YCSO involved in many searches, narcotic cases cases, and handler protection. He did countless number of demonstrations on his obedience, handler protection and search capabilities. Kinni originally joined the Sheriff’s Office K9 unit through a donation by the Penn Yan Vol. Ambulance Corps.

“We are very prideful of the work that our K-9 Unit does for Yates County local law enforcement, and for our community, as well as other communities in the Finger Lakes region for special assistance calls for drug or missing/wanted person searches, evidence collection, building searches and narcotic detection.” said Sheriff Ron Spike. “Kinni was a great asset to us, and he will be greatly missed, especially by Brandon and family – may he rest in peace for his public service.”

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has Deputy Chad Betts with “Ribo” who is near retirement, and is training his replacement “Rafi.” The other member is Deputy Seth Skelly with Magnum.

K9 Kinni (photo: Yates County Sheriff’s Office)
Get the top stories on your radio 24/7 on Finger Lakes News Radio 96.3 and 1590, WAUB and 106.3 and 1240, WGVA, and on Finger Lakes Country, 96.1/96.9/101.9/1570 WFLR.