Ares cool spotIn great sadness, officers and staff of the Benton Police Department announce the passing of beloved K-9 Officer Ares on Friday.

Ares, although being on a heartworm preventative, had contracted a strain of heartworms last year. He went through a series of treatments and been released by our veterinarians to return to full duty several months ago. While no foul play is suspected, Ares was transported to the Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Little Rock for a necropsy and further investigation into the cause of his death.

Ares was an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepard breed when he joined the department in February 2014. His name was given to him by a group of 6th grade students at Benton Middle School during a contest which involved students writing essays and drawing pictures about why we should pick the name they had chosen. A committee of department employees then sorted through the entries and decided the name Ares was the best fit for the dog.  Ares was the name submitted by Emilee Faith Millerd who was chosen from over 80 entries that were submitted. 

Ares was a dual purpose K-9 trained in narcotic detection and criminal apprehension. Ares was certified at the Little Rock K-9 Academy and through the National Narcotic Dog Detector Association (NNDDA) which is a professional, nonprofit organization dedicated to the utilization and proficiency of scent detector dogs for the benefit of law enforcement. 

The cost for Ares was paid for through the use of drug asset forfeiture funds. Ares was part of a team responsible for many high profile arrests. He also spent many hours visiting local schools and community functions helping to educate children about all the important jobs that police dogs perform to help protect their communities.

Ares service is appreciated beyond words and the department will miss him immensely. Thoughts and prayers during this time are appreciated.