K9 Axel

AUDUBON - Audubon County Sheriff’s Department reported that Audubon County’s K9, Deputy Axel, died after being struck by a car on Friday.

Axel was a Belgian Malinois that had been working with the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office since 2015.

Officials with the Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook on Friday, “It is with heavy hearts that the Sheriff’s Department informs the public of the passing of our K9, Axel. He was tragically hit by a passing vehicle while off duty.”

Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings said, “We tragically lost a beloved member of Audubon law enforcement today in K-9 Deputy Axel. Without Axel, countless drug traffickers would still be out on our streets, and we are forever grateful to him for his selfless service.”

“He may not have died in the line of duty,” Jennings added, “but it’s not how you die that determines whether you’re a hero — it’s how you live. Here’s to honoring and remembering a hero and a great cop. Please send your thoughts and prayers to Axel’s handler and partner, Nate Tibbets, and Nate’s wife and family.”