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Jimmy's police career ends after struggle with cancer

April 27, 1999

JimmyCancer has claimed the life of Jimmy, a 6-year-old bloodhound who has been Maryland State Police Cpl. Doug Lowry's companion since he was a pup.

"I was at a seminar last week when my wife called and told me I'd better get home right away," Lowry said Tuesday.

When he saw Jimmy, he knew he had to make a hard decision and put Jimmy to sleep.

"Jimmy just wasn't Jimmy anymore," said Lowry, noting that the cancer had spread quickly through his heart and lungs.

Last summer, Lowry and Jimmy hiked North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, working on the FBI manhunt for fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph.

Lowry said he and Jimmy recently had been accepted by the FBI for future search details.

Lowry said hundreds of school children in Washington County knew Jimmy, who made frequent visits to the Fairview Outdoor School near Clear Spring.

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"I know the kids are going to miss Jimmy," Lowry said. Now the veteran trooper has a patrol/drug dog and a dog trained to find cadavers, but no bloodhound.

He said he called a bloodhound breeder and asked he be kept in mind when a pup is available.

- Marlo Barnhart

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