Handler: Officer Strappazon
Department: Matteson Police Department
Years Worked: 2012 – 2016
Xanto retired as a full dual service Patrol Narcotics K9 for the Village of Matteson who was handled by Officer Strappazon from 2012 through 2016. Xanto’s age does not matter, but he is believed to be at least 11 years old.
In the beginning of 2018 Xanto was diagnosed with Blastomycosis (Blasto), a fungal infection caused by an
organism which lives in decaying vegetation near or in ditches, along banks and swampy areas.
Xanto contracted Blasto in the summer months of 2017 when Blasto is most prevalent. Xanto’s first testing results where over 11 and last tested December 2018 at a level under 2.
As of January 2019, Xanto still continues daily treatment for Blastomycosis.