Kane Bower

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Kane Bower, Portsmouth Police Department Canine, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30pm at the age of 11 Years and 4 months. Kane was surrounded by his handler and partner, Lee Bower, and family. The Bower family chose private cremation in which Kane was cared for respectfully and memorialized properly by Shawnee Animal Clinic and Paws at Peace Pet Cremation.

Kane was a Belgian Malinois born in Holland on July 14, 2007 and owned by the Portsmouth Police Department. A multi-skilled dog, he was specially trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, area and building search, as well as tracking and evidence search. Assignments included Portsmouth Police Patrol & Narcotics, Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, and FBI Drug Task Force. Southern Ohio has lost a very skillful canine whose bravery has helped contribute to keeping the area safer by keeping criminals and illegal drugs off the streets.


Officer Lee Bower handled and partnered with Kane while on the job. Officer Bower’s persistence and ability to skillfully train resulted in Kane becoming a highly talented police canine. This 6-legged team worked together fighting crime for many years and we are sincerely indebted for their service to our country. Other family members include Lee’s wife, Michele Bower, as well as their son, Evan Bower, whose love for Kane will not be forgotten. Shawnee Animal Clinic vetted Kane throughout his life and professional tenure. The SAC staff is very saddened by this loss, yet is appreciative of the opportunity to provide veterinary care for such an amazing dog.

We want to take this time to thank everyone for their love and support as we mourn the loss of this wonderful dog whose legacy carries perpetual significance. Your concern and support is felt by the Bower family, and your encouragement helps them continue on while holding a special place in their hearts where Kane’s paw prints will forever live. Our deepest sympathies to all who are impacted by this loss.

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