The Novato Police Officers Association announced the following on its Facebook page:
We are sad to report the passing of retired NPD Canine "Kyto" on Feb. 24, 2013. Kyto was a treasured and essential part of the Novato PD family.
Kyto started his career in 2003 with Officer A.J. Winter at Novato Police Department. Officer Winter transferred to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office in 2005 and Kyto joined forces with Cpl. Kevin Naugle. Naugle and Kyto remained a team until September 2011 when Kyto was retired from the force. Post retirement, Kyto continued to reside with his handler.
When advising us of Kyto's passing, Cpl. Naugle quoted that Kyto was "a great partner, his best friend and a loving member of Naugle's family."
Rest in Peace Kyto. Thanks for all the backup you provided over the years.